31 Games a 3-Yr-Old Can Play - Introduction

Is your 3-year-old the youngest of the family, or are all the kids your child plays with close to that same age?  If so, then you know how difficult it can be to find ways for them to all be involved in the fun and games - so many choices are just too advanced for this age.

But now, you'll have a list of 31 unique games that even a 3-year-old can join in with.  A few of these ideas will be best for the preschool set, but most will work for a wide range of ages!

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I've shared a bit about my love of games in the past, so I was pretty excited several months ago when we were able to introduce Gv to this challenging world for the first time.

The problem is, 3-year-olds are just beginning to learn the ins and outs of how to play some basic games, so options can be pretty limited.

In this series I'll share 31 ideas for different games that kids 3 and up can handle and enjoy.

This will be the landing page for each post (scroll down to see them), so if you ever need to find everything listed in just one place, you can bookmark this page and head right back here.

How many games can you think of that even a 3-year-old can join in and play?  I'd love to hear!  Either leave a comment below or email me at lisahealy (at) outlook (dot) com.

Day 1 - This introductory post
Day 2 - I Spy
Day 3 - Toesies
Day 4 - Go Fish
Day 5 - Obstacle Course
Day 6 - Pass & Cup
Day 7 - Candyland
Day 8 - Ring on a String Relay
Day 9 - Follow the Leader
Day 10 - Sneaky, Snacky Squirrel
Day 11 - Tag
Day 12 - Duck, Duck Goose
Day 13 - Count Your Chickens
Day 14 - Drop the Hankie
Day 15 - Around Ball
Day 16 - Snug as a Bug in a Rug
Day 17 - Hoot Owl Hoot
Day 18 - Farmer in the Dell
Day 19 - Alphabet Soup
Day 20 - Mulberry Bush
Day 21 - Snatch It!
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  1. Oh thanks! I've actually been wondering about this. We've got loads of games for our 9 year old, but most of them are a bit over our 3 year olds head. This helps!

  2. I love playing games, it's such a fun way to get millennials away from their computers. LOL Thanks for joining us at the DI & DI Link Party. I hope you found some friends and had fun.

  3. This is good to know because I have a 2 1/2 year old and he wants to play games with us. He is getting really good at puzzles, but we didn't have many options for him at family game night.

  4. I don't know why but I've never even considered playing go fish with my daughter. I'd be she'd love it

  5. These are great ideas! I have an almost 3 year old and she's taken interest in the memory game. You put cards face down and she tries to match up/remember which two cards are where. She loves it (and it's perfect for those no-nap days when we need a bit of quiet time) Thanks for the ideas and for sharing it with us on #shinebloghop this week!

  6. Thank you for linking up with us on What to Read Wednesday and sharing your fun ideas!

  7. I don't have a 3 year old, or know of one close to me, but I like to play several of these games. I need to find a 3 year old to borrow. I Spy, Go Fish, Candyland! Oh My! I remember all of these with my kids, and Duck, Duck, Goose was a game we played regularly in Bible School. Such great memories. Can't wait to see what you add to the list next!

  8. Good to know. Thank you for linking up with us at #HomeMattersParty. See you again next week.

  9. This is a handy little list to have! Thanks for sharing :) #justanotherlinky

  10. What a great list Lisa- my nephew is three and is often here so having games he can play is handy

  11. What a great list Lisa- my nephew is three and is often here so having games he can play is handy

  12. I really should start playing more games with my daughter! We have a great Uno game we love, Roll & Learn, and Raccoon Rumpus (our fav) that we play a lot. I want to do Candyland though!!

    Thanks for sharing on #bloggerspotlight

  13. Great idea and resource! Thanks for sharing this post at Booknificent Thursday on Mommynificent.com this week!

  14. This is such an awesome list - I was showing Anthony the other day as suggestions of stuff we could all do, so of course he starts pretending that some of these are beyond him... *sigh* Lol! :)