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Nurture Child-Like Imagination in 3-6 Year-Olds on Nintendo Switch

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 39 games from the last 16 years, with 932 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, Creative, Fighting, Narrative, Open World, Physically Active, Platform, Puzzle, Racing, Rhythm, Role-Playing, Shooting, Simulation, Sports and Strategy
Total Likes: 932
 

 

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 20 players in the same room and up to 1 player online

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....

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

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 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...

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 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: PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Racing

Accessibility: 8 features

Developer: Outright Games (@Outright_Games)

Players: You can play with 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.

Cars 3: Driven to Win

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 6-11 year-olds

Release Date: 13/06/2017

Price: 75% off

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

Genres: Open World and Racing

Developer: Avalanche Sweden (@AvalancheSweden)

Players: You can play with 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.

Lego Worlds

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

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

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.

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...

Little Dragons Café

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 21/09/2018

Platforms: PC, PS4 and Switch

Genres: Open World, Role-Playing 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.

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 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: 6-12 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.

L.O.L. Surprise! Remix: We Rule The World

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 03/11/2020

Price: 22% off

Platforms: Switch

Genres: Puzzle and Role-Playing

Developer: NH Interactive (@NH_Interactive)

Players: This is a single player game

L.O.L. Surprise Remix: We Rule the World is a puzzle game featuring the popular children's toys. You become an L.O.L. doll, visit music festivals and take on mini-games in win items to decorate your home. If you complete all the games you get to perform...

Pile Up

Expected 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 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...

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 Racing

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.

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.

Big Brain Academy: Brain vs. Brain (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 8-11 year-olds

Release Date: 05/06/2006, updated in 2021

Platforms: DS, Switch and Wii

Genres: Puzzle

Developer: Nintendo (@Nintendo)

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 2 players online

Big Brain Academy is a puzzle game designed to test and improve your mental capacity and well being. You are presented with an assortment of challenges designed to measure how smart your brain is. The focus is on fun rather than learning, and the Big...

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: 1 feature

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.

Ink

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Release Date: 05/08/2015

Platforms: PC, PS Vita, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Creative, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: Spaceboy Games (@SpaceboyGames)

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

Ink is a running (sliding) and jumping game where you see the platforms you are jumping on by splashing them with ink. You control a little white square that, along with splashing colour everywhere, can jump on enemies and climb walls.

Find the Balance

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 28/09/2018

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, Switch and iOS

Genres: Action, Puzzle and Simulation

Developer: Digital Melody Pl (@DigitalMelodyPl)

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room and up to 2 players online

Find the Balance is a puzzle game where you stack awkwardly shaped objects - stones, boxes, bananas. You place these items to create stable towers by planning, selecting and rotating objects before cutting the line and dropping them gently.

Fledgling Heroes

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 3-6 year-olds

Release Date: 07/05/2020

Platforms: Switch and iPhone, iPad

Genres: Action, Platform and Rhythm

Accessibility: 10 features

Developer: Subtle Boom (@SubtleBoom)

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

Fledgeling Heroes is a fun flying game where you tap or press to guide a part through landscapes and collect coins. You can swim, sprint and soar, defeat dastardly dragons, unlock wondrous new worlds, and explore limitless levels in the Lab.

Gemini

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 18/02/2021

Platforms: Switch

Genres: Action, Fighting and Strategy

Developer: Qu Byte Games (@QuByteGames)

Players: This is a single player game

Gemini is a fighting game where you defend a Crystal from waves of enemies. It's super simple in both visuals and gameplay. As you defend each wave you can collect coins to upgrade your character and purchase weapons. It's a great introduction to tower...

Part Time UFO

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 26/02/2018, updated in 2020

Platforms: Android, Switch and iOS

Genres: Puzzle and Simulation

Developer: HAL Laboratory (@HAL_Laboratory)

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

Part Time UFO is a puzzle game where you use your flying craft and claw to solve various problems. Sort out a farm, support cheerleaders, cook up the ultimate dessert at a restaurant or even build a castle. It's sort of like the coin-operated crane...

Tower of Babel No Mercy

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 4+ year-olds

Release Date: 21/02/2020

Platforms: Switch

Genres: Action and Simulation

Accessibility: 11 features

Developer: DNA Studios Twitt (@DNAStudiosTwitt)

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 4 players online

Tower of Babel is a game where you work with friends to build a tower out of buildings. You control the game with a single button (and one more for special abilities) to drop your building on the stack. It swings left and right so you have to time it...

Jump Rope Challenge

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 4+ year-olds

Release Date: 15/06/2020

Price: Free

Platforms: Switch

Genres: Action and Rhythm

Developer: Nintendo (@Nintendo)

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

Jump Rope Challenge is a virtual skipping game where you hold the Switch controllers like rope handles and skip. The game displays an on-screen counter and you can play with another person at the same time as you compete for a high score.

Kissy Kissy

Skill Rating: 4-9 year-olds

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: Mac, PC and Switch

Genres: Platform

Developer: Prettydigi (@Prettydigi)

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

Kissy Kissy! is a running-around game where you build defences against getting kissed by the grannies. You play Tiger and Bee, onesie-wearing grandchilden who don't want to be kissed

My Friend Peppa Pig

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 3-5 year-olds

Release Date: 22/10/2021

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Role-Playing

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...

PJ Masks: Heroes of the Night

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 4-7 year-olds

Release Date: 29/10/2021

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

Genres: Action, Adventure and Platform

Accessibility: 28 features

Developer: Petoons (@Petoons)

Players: This is a single player game

PJ Masks: Heroes of the Night is a running and jumping game where young children play as the heroes from the TV show. Its simple controls and straightforward levels, which have lots of collectables to find, provide a simple yet enjoyable interactive...

1-2-Switch

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 2-9 year-olds

Release Date: 02/03/2017

Platforms: Switch

Genres: Creative, Physically Active and Puzzle

Developer: Nintendo (@Nintendo)

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

1-2-Switch is a series of party games that use the Switch Joy-Con controllers in imaginative and unusual ways. Although it looks like a novelty, the focus on physical motion and activity rather than just what's on the screen makes this surprisingly...

Family Tree

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 19/10/2019

Platforms: Switch

Genres: Action, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: Infinite States (@InfiniteStates)

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

Family Tree is a pinball game where you also aim your shots like jumping around a platform game. You bounce on enemies to traverse hundreds of hand-crafted puzzles.

Singled Out

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 5-10 year-olds

Release Date: 03/07/2020

Price: 60% off

Platforms: Mac, PC and Switch

Genres: Puzzle and Shooting

Developer: crowbarska (@crowbarska)

Players: This is a single player game

Singled Out is a spot the difference shooting game. Like the classic Guess Who game you have seconds to identify your target in a crowd. Make sure you only shoot the character matching the eyes, nose and mouth clues and you score points. The quicker you...

Takeshi and Hiroshi

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 6-12 year-olds

Release Date: 18/08/2020

Platforms: Mac, Switch and iPhone, iPad

Genres: Adventure and Role-Playing

Developer: Oink Gms (@OinkGms)

Players: This is a single player game

Takeshi & Hiroshi is a role-play adventure game about two brothers. Its unusual animation and light touch battles, where you chose your enemies rather than how to fight them, make it an ideal game to introduce the genre and for younger players.
...

Wunderling

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 05/03/2020

Platforms: Mac, PC and Switch

Genres: Platform and Puzzle

Developer: Retroid Official (@RetroidOfficial)

Players: This is a single player game

Wunderling is a jumping game controlled by just two buttons: jumping and boost. The levels scroll automatically so you have to think ahead to decide how to get past each section. It's a combination of time reactions and forward planning.

#Drive

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 5+ year-olds

Release Date: 16/02/2021

Platforms: Switch and iOS

Genres: Platform and Racing

Developer: PM Studios USA (@PMStudiosUSA)

Players: This is a single player game

Drive is an endless driving game where you pick a car, choose a location, and see how long you can survive for and beat your previous record. Its attraction is in the simplicity and light narrative about old cars finding a new lease of life.

Lil Gator Game

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: PC and Switch

Genres: Adventure, Open World, Platform, Puzzle and Simulation

Developer: Lil Gator Game (@LilGatorGame)

Players: This is a single player game

Lil Gator Game is an adventure set on an island playground. You grapple with your floppy gator protagonist's unusual movement to help them explore the world as you bop cardboard baddies, climb mountain peaks, glide, fling and jump around. It's unlike...

The Long Return

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 02/10/2019

Platforms: PC and Switch

Genres: Narrative, Platform and Puzzle

Accessibility: 1 feature

Developer: Max Nielsen Dev (@MaxNielsenDev)

Players: This is a single player game

The Long Return is a running and jumping game where you guide an orphaned cub on a journey to retrace the steps of the last adventure that he went on with his mother. Throughout the game, you solve puzzles to progress and learn more about the cub's story.

Trios

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 6-10 year-olds

Release Date: 30/09/2021

Platforms: PC and Switch

Genres: Puzzle

Developer: Samurai Punk (@SamuraiPunk)

Players: This is a single player game

Trios is a puzzle game where you select numbers and operators to get the required total. It's unusual because of its relaxed visuals and music. The twist is that you have to use all your numbers to reach the target.

Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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