This is a board game version of hide-and-seek for toddlers and preschoolers. You take turns hiding an adorable wooden bear in the different rooms of the bear’s house, then the other players try to find the bear. This is the perfect game to introduce your child to board games and how much fun it can be to play together, plus they’ll learn the basics of gameplay like how to take turns.
The instructions include several different variations of how to play, which helps keep things interesting for parents and older kids who are playing with a toddler. When my older kids are playing with a toddler sibling, they also like to hide the bear around our actual house to keep the fun going.
My youngest toddler loved this game so much that he insisted on carrying the bear around with him even when we weren’t playing!
Note: The manufacturer says this is for ages 2 and up, but according to several other families (including mine!) many 18-month-olds are ready for this game.
From the Manufacturer
Where’s Bear? combines two favorite activities – stacking blocks and finding hidden objects – into a game! Parents and kids take turns hiding and finding Bear under the sturdy nesting boxes. Each box illustrates the rooms in Bear’s house and includes a matching game. A wonderful first board game for kids that was created specifically for you and your 2-year-old. With five quick games in total, young players will have lots to explore and play with Where’s Bear?
Playing Where’s Bear aids in understanding object permanence; problem solving using hands; demonstrating spacial concepts like up, down, top, bottom; and sorting, classifying, and matching.