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Nurture Child-Like Imagination in 3-6 Year-Olds on Xbox One

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 20 games from the last 16 years, with 830 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, Platform, Point-and-Click, Puzzle, Racing, Role-Playing, Simulation and Turn-Based
Total Likes: 830
 

 

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...

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

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: 62% 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

Price: 42% 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.

Grow Up (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 26/08/2016

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.

L.O.L. Surprise Official Party (Roblox)

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 02/04/2021

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

Genres: Role-Playing

Developer: Roblox (@Roblox)

Players: You can play this with 2 players online

LOL Surprise Official Party is a Roblox game based on the popular collectible toy brand. You perform tasks such as opening furniture boxes to gain coins that are used to buy items linked to the toy brand, including interactive doll characters, outfits...

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.

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 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.

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...

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.

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...

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.

Down in Bermuda

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 14/01/2021

Platforms: Mac, PC, Wii U, Xbox One and iPhone, iPad

Genres: Adventure, Creative, Point-and-Click and Puzzle

Developer: Yak and Co (@YakAndCo)

Players: This is a single player game

Down in Bermuda is a puzzle game where you are stranded on a set interconnected islands. You push, pull and manipulate objects to solve puzzles and explore the world. Each one you complete brings you closer to getting back home.

Peggle (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 4-11 year-olds

Release Date: 27/02/2007, updated in 2014

Platforms: Android, DS, Mac, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Puzzle and Turn-Based

Developer: Pop Cap (@PopCap)

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

In Peggle, you fire a small ball into an array of pins that are triggered and disappear when the ball touches them. It's like a bright, saccharine pachinko game. But being electronic you can earn all sort of bonus balls and abilities by hitting...

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...

HyperDot

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 31/01/2020

Platforms: PC and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Creative and Puzzle

Accessibility: 16 features

Developer: Tribe Games (@TribeGames)

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

HyperDot is a dodging game, where you control a small circle and must move to avoid collisions with other shapes. It sounds too simple to be fun, but the cover design and variation in challenge make it a really enjoyable game.

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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