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Nurture Child-Like Imagination

These games are for children under seven years old, who will, with some help, discover activities they want to try that will expand their imaginations while establishing the role of your guidance and engagement as part of the gaming world as they grow up. The more open imagination of young children lends itself to games that offer an open world. Rather than forcing the player in a particular direction open world games let players explore wherever they want. The games here offer unusual and age-appropriate experiences that are often educational but keep the emphasis on the sheer joy of interactive play rather than hard learning.

This list includes 112 games from the last 17 years, with 2,132 likes. They come from a range of different genres and play-styles and are all good games if you want to nurture imagination in primary school children.

DetailsList Details

PEGI Ratings: PEGI 3 to PEGI 7
ESRB Ratings: ESRB EVERYONE to ESRB EVERYONE 10+
Australian Ratings: G to PG
Genres: Action, Adventure, Brain Game, Creative, Fighting, Narrative, Open World, Physically Active, Platform, Point-and-Click, Puzzle, Race, Rhythm, Role-Play, Sequencing, Shooting, Simulation, Sports, Stealth, Strategy, Traversal and World Building
Total Likes: 2,132
 

 

Drink More Glurp

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

Release Date: 06/08/2020

Platforms: PC and Switch

Genres: Action, Simulation and Sports

Accessibility: 9 features

Developer: Catastrophic OL (@Catastrophic_OL)

Players: You can play with 1 to 20 players in the same room or as a 1-player online game

Drink More Glurp is a wacky sports game where you take turns to play athletic challenges. The twist is that you have to control your over-long arms with a separate joystick and your body is a wheel you can roll along on if you lift your arms right up....

Kirby's Epic Yarn

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 3-10 year-olds

Release Date: 17/10/2010, updated in 2019

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, Wii and Wii U

Genres: Platform and Puzzle

Accessibility: 18 features

Developer: Gbit Good Feel (@Gbit_GoodFeel)

Players: You can play with 1 to 2 players in the same room

Kirby's Epic Yarn is a running and jumping game starring Nintendo's Kirby character that can (usually) suck enemies into their large mouth to gain new abilities. It's set in Patch Land, a world made completely out of fabric. You use your platforming...

Nintendo Land

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 8-12 year-olds

Release Date: 30/11/2012

Platforms: Wii U

Genres: Action, Fighting, Platform, Puzzle, Race and Shooting

Developer: Nintendo (@Nintendo)

Players: You can play with 1 to 5 players in the same room

Nintendoland is a collection of Nintendo games was created for the Nintendo Wii U launch. It uses the console’s tablet screen to create specific roles for different players. In Mario Chase, the hiding player uses the tablet controller screen while the...

New Super Lucky's Tale

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Release Date: 08/11/2019, updated in 2020

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Platform and Puzzle

Accessibility: 26 features

Developer: Playful Studios (@PlayfulStudios)

Players: This is a single-player game

This is a platform game where you play a fox on a quest to recover pages from a magical book that will save his world. It takes gameplay in a more action-oriented direction but the islands and characters are full of quirky character and treasures like...

Go Vacation

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 3-10 year-olds

Release Date: 01/10/2011, updated in 2018

Platforms: Switch and Wii

Genres: Action, Adventure, Open World and Simulation

Developer: Bandai Namco US (@BandaiNamcoUS)

Players: You can play with 1 to 4 players in the same room

This is a resort exploration game where 50 mini-games can be discovered and played. The mini-golf, skating, surfing, volleyball, car racing, tennis and other games use the Wii and Switch motion-sensitive controllers and are simple fun for youngsters....

Everything

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 3+ year-olds

Release Date: 21/03/2017, updated in 2019

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4 and Switch

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Open World and Simulation

Accessibility: 3 features

Developer: David Oreilly (@DavidOreilly)

Players: This is a single-player game

This is an unusual game that simulates a world where you can become any object. It sounds strange and not much fun, but the enjoyment is in discovering how small or how big a thing you can become. From tiny atoms to whole planets and everything in between.

A Short Hike

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Release Date: 05/04/2019, updated in 2021

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4, PS5, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure and Open World

Accessibility: 26 features

Developer: Adam Gryu (@AdamGryu)

Players: This is a single-player game

In A Short Hike you play penguin-like character Claire, who needs to climb a mountain in a beautiful national park to receive an important phone call. Presented in cute pixel graphics, the game invites you to explore the park, help other animals, find...

Sneaky Sasquatch

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 6-10 year-olds

Release Date: 30/07/2019, updated in 2021

Platforms: Mac and iPhone, iPad

Genres: Adventure, Open World, Role-Play and Stealth

Accessibility: 21 features

Developer: Rac 7 Games (@Rac7Games)

Players: This is a single-player game

Sneaky Sasquatch is an adventure game where you sneak around in campsites and try to find food from coolers and picnic baskets without getting caught. There's a large variety of things to do. For example you can race, play golf, ski, find buried...

Toca Life: World (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 2-6 year-olds

Release Date: 01/01/2019

Platforms: Amazon Fire, Android and iOS

Genres: Action, Open World, Role-Play and Simulation

Developer: Toca Boca (@TocaBoca)

Players: This is a single-player game

The Toca Boca, Toca Life, series of games comprise what are essentially toys in electronic form. They build on the Sago Mini games for 6-10-year-old children. Recreating interactive everyday settings like shopping, hospital,...

Tracks The Train Set Game

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Release Date: 11/10/2019, updated in 2020

Platforms: PC, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Creative, Open World and Simulation

Accessibility: 25 features

Developer: Whoop Group (@WhoopGroup)

Players: This is a single-player game

This is a digital version of wooden toy train sets, without the costs of buying more and more track pieces. You build your toy train set and towns and then jump into the driver's seat and drive the train, seeing your toy world to scale. It's a very...

Lego (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 01/02/2005, updated in 2020

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, Android, DS, GameCube, Mac, PC, PS Vita, PS2, PS3, PS4, PSP, Switch, Wii, Wii U, Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting and Open World

Developer: TT Games (@TTGames)

Players: You can play with 1 to 2 players in the same room

The combination of Lego, a popular film franchise and a video game is a rich recipe for gaming fun. The series of Lego games has developed since the first release on Nintendo DS. Not only do these games offer a chance to explore, destroy and fight in a...

Race with Ryan

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 3-7 year-olds

Release Date: 09/11/2020

Price: 45% off

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Race

Accessibility: 8 features

Developer: Outright Games (@Outright_Games)

Players: You can play with 1 to 4 players in the same room

Race with Ryan is a kart racing game staring Ryan from the Ryan’s World YouTube channel. Along with the racing you need to collect the Mystery Eggs scattered across each track. Each one then gives you a power up to help you win.

Good Pizza, Great Pizza

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 9-12 year-olds

Release Date: 05/06/2018, updated in 2020

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, Switch and iOS

Genres: Creative and Simulation

Developer: Tap Blaze (@TapBlaze)

Players: This is a single-player game

Good Pizza, Great Pizza is a simulation game where you run your own Pizza shop, fulfilling orders from customers while making enough money to keep your shop open. You can upgrade your shop with new toppings and equipment to compete against your...

Lego Worlds

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Release Date: 26/10/2016, updated in 2017

Price: 44% off

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Creative, Open World and Simulation

Developer: TT Games (@TTGames)

Players: This is a single-player game

Lego Worlds takes virtual building back to the classic bricks with familiar figures, buildings and challenges from other Lego video games in an open world where your imagination can go wild in a bottomless bucket of bricks.

Cars 3: Driven to Win

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 6-11 year-olds

Release Date: 13/06/2017

Price: Free

Platforms: PS3, PS4, Switch, Wii U, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Genres: Open World and Race

Developer: Avalanche Sweden (@AvalancheSweden)

Players: You can play with 1 to 4 players in the same room

Cars 3: Driven to Win is a racing adventure game based on the 2017 film. You explore the world of Radiator Springs and other locations from the film. As you do, you meet the other cars, collect items and unlock new areas.

Sago Mini (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 2-5 year-olds

Release Date: 09/06/2017

Platforms: Amazon Fire, Android and iOS

Genres: Adventure, Creative, Open World, Role-Play and Simulation

Developer: Sago Sago Toys (@SagoSagoToys)

Players: This is a single-player game

Sago Mini games are designed for 3-5 year old pre-school children. Like Toca Boca games for younger kids, they offer interactive storybook characters with light narratives and open-ended play. Superheroes, space explorers, boat...

LocoRoco

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Release Date: 23/06/2006

Platforms: PS Vita, PS4 and PSP

Genres: Platform

Accessibility: 1 feature

Developer: Sony Japan Studio (@SonyJapanStudio)

Players: This is a single-player game

This creates a world of plants and creatures to investigate. The novelty, besides the character’s singing and cute aesthetic, is that you control the game with just two buttons, tilting and bumping your characters through each level.

Empty

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 25/09/2020

Price: Free

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, Web and iOS

Genres: Puzzle

Accessibility: 12 features

Developer: Dstrm (@_Dstrm)

Players: This is a single-player game

Empty is a minimalist puzzle game that teaches the value of simplicity in life. You rotate and interact with different vignettes to line up items with the same background colour. As you do this they disappear and the scene slowly empties.

Snipperclips

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Release Date: 03/03/2017

Platforms: Switch

Genres: Platform and Puzzle

Accessibility: 1 feature

Developer: SFB Tom (@SFBTom)

Players: You can play with 1 to 4 players in the same room

This is a game where you play a piece of paper that can be cut into different shapes. Through a series of puzzle levels, you adjust your shape by clipping and overlapping other players. Sometimes this is to match a shape, at others it is to catch a ball...

Donut County

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 4-12 year-olds

Release Date: 15/08/2018, updated in 2018

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Puzzle and Simulation

Developer: Torahhorse (@Torahhorse)

Players: This is a single-player game

Donut County offers a simple style of play. You drag a hole around the screen; the more things you can make fall in, the bigger the hole gets. You start with bricks, road cones and bushes, but eventually you’re swallowing whole houses.

Grow Up (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 26/08/2016

Price: 60% off

Platforms: PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure, Open World, Platform and Simulation

Developer: Ubi Reflections (@UbiReflections)

Players: This is a single-player game

Grow Up is a running and jumping adventure. It is the sequel to 2015's Grow Home and extends the real physics exploration that lets you push, pull, climb and direct how plants grow in the world.

Frogger In Toy Town

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 6-12 year-olds

Release Date: 07/10/2019

Platforms: Apple TV, Mac and iPhone, iPad

Genres: Platform and Puzzle

Accessibility: 30 features

Developer: Pixel Junk News (@PixelJunkNews)

Players: This is a single-player game

Frogger In Toy Town is a jumping and running game that updates the classic Frogger road-crossing challenge. You play the game in rich three dimensional environments with objects that interact with each other. As well as looking nice, this adds a...

Little Dragons Café

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 21/09/2018

Price: 65% off

Platforms: PC, PS4 and Switch

Genres: Open World, Role-Play and Strategy

Developer: Rising Star Games (@RisingStarGames)

Players: This is a single-player game

Little Dragons Cafe is a strategy game about running a cafe. Unlike other farming and friendship games you don't have to earn money or toil to gain ingredients. Simply explore, collect and cook. It's a farming gaming without the stress.

My Friend Peppa Pig

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 3-5 year-olds

Release Date: 22/10/2021

Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Role-Play

Accessibility: 24 features

Developer: Petoons (@Petoons)

Players: This is a single-player game

My Friend Peppa Pig is a narrative role-play game. It recreates the TV show Peppa Pig and features a few of the voice actors from the programme. Unlike the show, you are in the cartoon, controlling a character you create. You play with Peppa and her...

Pile Up

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 18/03/2021

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Platform and Puzzle

Developer: Handy Games (@Handy_Games)

Players: You can play with 1 to 4 players in the same room

Pile Up is a running and jumping game where up to four of your play as boxes. You run (slide?) and jump around the level and need to jump gaps, open doors and solve puzzles to progress. You need to coordinate with each other to progress through the...

A Good Snowman Is Hard To Build

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 6-10 year-olds

Release Date: 01/12/2018

Price: 40% off

Platforms: Android, PC and iOS

Genres: Brain Game, Creative and Puzzle

Accessibility: 16 features

Developer: Draknek (@Draknek)

Players: This is a single-player game

A Good Snowman (Is Hard To Build) is puzzle game about being a monster and making snowmen. On each level you must roll your snowballs to be the right size and then position them on each other to make a snowman.

Fruit Ninja (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 3-8 year-olds

Release Date: 21/04/2010

Platforms: Amazon Fire, Android, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action

Accessibility: 18 features

Developer: Half Brick (@HalfBrick)

Players: You can play with 1 to 2 players in the same room

An array of brightly coloured fruit flies into the screen area and you need to slice each piece in two before it falls to the floor. The technicolour action combines with simple interactive taps and swipes to make it accessible to all ages.

Hidden Folks

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 8-12 year-olds

Release Date: 15/02/2017

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, Switch and iOS

Genres: Puzzle

Accessibility: 28 features

Developer: Adriaande Jongh (@AdriaandeJongh)

Players: This is a single-player game

Hidden Folks tasks you with exploring hand-drawn worlds to find particular people. It’s simple enough for youngsters to control but complex enough to keep parents and carers involved too.

Penko Park

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 23/10/2020

Platforms: PC

Genres: Adventure and Simulation

Accessibility: 32 features

Developer: Ghost Butter (@GhostButter)

Players: This is a single-player game

Penko Park is an adventure about exploring an abandoned wildlife park, taking photos of the weird and creepy creatures which you find. Like exploring a children's story book world, you collect these snapshots along with fur samples and fossils to add to...

Ensamey (Dreams)

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 4+ year-olds

Release Date: 28/10/2021

Price: Free

Platforms: PS4 and PS5

Genres: Narrative and Platform

Accessibility: 28 features

Developer: Peter Field (@Peter__Field)

Players: This is a single-player game

Ensamey is a narrative game where you run and jump to explore a story told by a 4 year-old and their father. As the child tells the story, what they say and draw appears in the game for you to interact and play with.

Hidden Through Time

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 6-11 year-olds

Release Date: 12/03/2020

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Creative and Puzzle

Developer: Rogueside Games (@RoguesideGames)

Players: This is a single-player game

This is a spot the item game that also takes you on a journey through different time periods. You are tasked with finding specific items and must zoom, interact and uncover things to find each one.

Hogwash

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 22/11/2019

Platforms: iPhone, iPad

Genres: Action and Fighting

Developer: Bossa Studios (@BossaStudios)

Players: You can play with 1 to 4 players in the same room or as a 4-player online game

Hogwash is an action battle game where you play as the farmer or as one of three pigs. The farmer's goal is to capture the pigs while the pigs aim to cause mayhem and get three specific areas on the farm covered with mud.

Super Mario Run

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 4+ year-olds

Release Date: 15/12/2016, updated in 2017

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Platform

Accessibility: 13 features

Developer: Nintendo (@Nintendo)

Players: You can play this by yourself or as a 1-player online game

Super Mario Run is a running and jumping game you play by tapping the screen to jump. Your character automatically runs and you just tap at the right time to avoid obstacles and jump on enemies. It sounds too simple to be fun but is actually a cleverly...

Chuchel

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 2-8 year-olds

Release Date: 07/03/2018

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC and iOS

Genres: Narrative, Point-and-Click and Puzzle

Accessibility: 9 features

Developer: Amanita Design (@Amanita_Design)

Players: This is a single-player game

Chuchel is a comedy adventure game. You play hairy hero Chuchel and his rival Kekel to solve simple puzzles and challenges in their quest to retrieve the precious cherry. It looks like a children's storybook animation with strange, peculiar creatures.

Cloud Gardens

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Release Date: 09/09/2020, updated in 2021

Platforms: Mac, PC, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Creative, Puzzle and Simulation

Developer: Noio Games (@Noio_Games)

Players: This is a single-player game

Cloud Gardens is a puzzle game where you grow vegetation over a dilapidated post-apocalyptic world. It's a low-pressure puzzle, from the team behind Kingdom. It has the same pixel-art style, but here you are left to take your time...

Car Quest

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 6-11 year-olds

Release Date: 25/10/2018

Platforms: Switch

Genres: Adventure, Open World, Puzzle and Race

Accessibility: 20 features

Developer: E Zone Com (@EZoneCom)

Players: This is a single-player game

Car Quest is an exploration puzzle adventure you navigate by driving your car. With no time pressure and a relaxed vibe you can take your time to drive, collect, explore, solve, discover.

Fishy 3D (Sokpop)

Release Date: 07/10/2020

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Adventure and Puzzle

Accessibility: 22 features

Developer: Sok Pop Co (@SokPopCo)

Players: This is a single-player game

Fishy 3D is a small game where you play a little fish in a polluted riverbed. Your objective is simply to escape to the sea! This is done by navigating through your pond and eventually releasing enough water that you can reach the pipe that leads to the...

Metamorphabet

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 2-6 year-olds

Release Date: 12/02/2015

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC and iOS

Genres: Puzzle

Developer: Vectorpark (@Vectorpark)

Players: This is a single-player game

Explore the alphabet by pushing and pulling the letters around to create different things beginning with that letter. It’s simply presented with sound effects and voiced words for each object. It excels at making each letter and object feel tactile...

Vignettes

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 5-10 year-olds

Release Date: 06/03/2019

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC and iOS

Genres: Puzzle

Accessibility: 3 features

Developer: Skeleton Biz (@SkeletonBiz)

Players: This is a single-player game

Explore shapes that change into different objects as you spin them around with your fingers. What starts as a novelty evolves into a collecting challenge where interacting with one item leads to another. Rescue a stray cat, awaken an ancient...

A Monsters Expedition

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 6-10 year-olds

Release Date: 10/09/2020

Price: 25% off

Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5 and iPhone, iPad

Genres: Adventure, Brain Game and Puzzle

Accessibility: 30 features

Developer: Draknek (@Draknek)

Players: This is a single-player game

A Monsters Expedition is a puzzle game where a monster finds creatures on an island and learns about the history of humanity. The puzzle is how to get from one island to the next.

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