Best and Popular Most Games for Toddlers (2-3 years old)
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My daughter has recently started to show interest in board games. As BGG rankings are somewhat unreliable for children's games, I wanted to build a list that would help me identify the best age-appropriate games. Hopefully, others will find this helpful.

I only include games for which the minimum BGG User Suggested Age is 2 or 3.

The following games were either awarded prizes (Kinderspiel des Jahres, Deutscher Spiele Preis, As d'Or (France), Lys (Québec), Golden Geek), appeared in the BGG Top 25 for children's games, were included on various recommended lists, or are traditionally considered as introductory board games.
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1. Board Game: Gulo Gulo [Average Rating:6.85 Overall Rank:1063]
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Number 10 on the People's Choice list of best games for kids under 8 (The Dice Tower)
BGG Children's Games Rank: 2 (January 2014)
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2. Board Game: Chicken Cha Cha Cha [Average Rating:6.60 Overall Rank:1507]
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1998 Kinderspiel des Jahres Winner (Germany)
1998 Deutscher Spiele Preis Winner (Germany)
BGG Children's Games Rank: 15 (January 2014)
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3. Board Game: Spooky Stairs [Average Rating:6.44 Overall Rank:2341]
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2004 Kinderspiel des Jahres Winner (Germany)
2005 As d'Or Nominee (France)
BGG Children's Game Rank: 25 (January 2014)

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His comment: This game I'm not sure about. I think its one of the games that become boring as soon as the child gained the skill to handle it. Our 3 year old doesn't grasp it yet but still loves it because she can use the pieces and board for her free play.
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4. Board Game: First Orchard [Average Rating:6.78 Overall Rank:2559]
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I'd add this to suplitment the toddler age. My daughter enjoys this one.
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5. Board Game: Go Away Monster! [Average Rating:6.50 Overall Rank:3031]
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BGG Children's Games Rank: 40 (January 2014)
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6. Board Game: Orchard [Average Rating:6.39 Overall Rank:3301]
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BGG Children's Games Rank: 41 (January 2014)
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7. Board Game: Monster Chase [Average Rating:6.38 Overall Rank:3423]
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Number 5 on Eric Summerer's list of best games kids under 8 (The Dice Tower)
BGG Children's Games Rank: 100 (Januray 2014)
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8. Board Game: Richard Scarry's Busytown: Eye found it! Game [Average Rating:6.50 Overall Rank:3766]
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BGG Children's Games Rank: 57

Apparently, a Disney version also exists but is not found in the database.
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9. Board Game: Max [Average Rating:6.56 Overall Rank:3997]
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BGG Children's Games Rank: 27 (January 2014)
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10. Board Game: Spot it Jr.! Animals [Average Rating:6.33 Overall Rank:4018]
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2010 Lys Nominee (Québec, regular version)
Number 8 on Tom Vasel's list of best games for kids under 8 (Dice Tower)
BGG Children's Games Rank: 70 (January 2014)
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11. Board Game: The Ladybug's Costume Party [Average Rating:6.58 Overall Rank:4275]
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2002 Kinderspiel des Jahres Winner (Germany)
BGG Children's Games Rank: 26 (January 2014)
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12. Board Game: Da ist der Wurm drin [Average Rating:6.36 Overall Rank:4423]
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2011 Kinderspiel des Jahres Winner (Germany)
BGG Children's Games Rank: 37 (January 2014)
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13. Board Game: Hide the Kids! [Average Rating:6.48 Overall Rank:4883]
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2009 Kinderspiel des Jahres Nominee (Germany)
2010 As d'Or Winner (France)
BGG Children's Games Rank: 92 (January 2014)
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14. Board Game: Richard Scarry's Busytown: Busy, Busy Airport Game [Average Rating:6.32 Overall Rank:6407]
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Number 7 on Eric Summerer's list for best games for kids under 8 (The Dice Tower)
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15. Board Game: Klickado [Average Rating:6.15 Overall Rank:7145]
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I have a three year old girl and she has been playing this for a few months now. I wouldn't say she's good at it but she still likes it, and it's good for practicing fine hand-movements.
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16. Board Game: Hisss [Average Rating:5.62 Overall Rank:9474]
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BGG Children's Games Rank: 246
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17. Board Game: Splash Attack [Average Rating:5.31 Overall Rank:14932]
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2006 As d'Or Winner (France)
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18. Board Game: The Princess and the Pea [Average Rating:5.43 Overall Rank:15083]
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BGG Children's Games Rank: 336
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19. Board Game: My First UNO [Average Rating:4.82 Overall Rank:16166]
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Number 9 (UNO) on the People's Choice list of best games for kids under 9 (The Dice Tower)
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20. Board Game: Snail's Pace Race [Average Rating:5.25 Overall Rank:16522]
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21. Board Game: Hi Ho! Cherry-O [Average Rating:3.60 Overall Rank:16854]
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BGG Children's Games Rank: 529
 
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22. Board Game: Candy Land [Average Rating:3.18 Overall Rank:16871]
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BGG Children's Games Rank: 532
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23. Board Game: Chutes and Ladders [Average Rating:2.81 Overall Rank:16872]
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BGG Children's Games Rank: 533
 
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24. Board Game: Caterpillar Dice [Average Rating:5.30 Unranked]
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Our 3 year old gamer's second favourite game.
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25. Board Game: Buntspatz [Average Rating:6.00 Unranked]
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This is quite popular still. The pieces are cute and the hiding the birds and picking (we use cups due to small) hands keeps them interested enough to request a rematch.
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