Best HABA Board Games for Toddlers 2020


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Board games play a very relevant role the development of children’s critical, strategic, and problem solving skills. Additionally, board games are also very important in developing bonding an enhancing teamwork in toddlers since they require more than one person to play. HABA is one of the most trusted brands in the market for toddler’s board games. The brand has been in the market for at least 80 years and produces very lovable and fun games. Below is a review of the top 30 HABA board games for toddlers.

Top 30 Best HABA Board Games for Toddlers 2020

1. HABA My Very First Games-First Orchard Cooperative Game

Why we like it: This game offers a lot of benefits to children.It promotes social skills and helps improve color recognition and counting by ones. It is also a great way to teach team work from a young age. It is ideal for children of two years and above.

The contents of the box are; a fruit basket, a raven, five path cards, one color-symbol die and four pieces of green apples, red apples, yellow pears and blue plums. An instruction manual is also included. The game’s idea is children try to pick the fruits from the tree before the raven is at the end of the path. The game can be played by a maximum of four children and should last approximately 10 minutes per cycle. This game can also be used for imaginative play by younger kids. It is available in 13 languages.

  • Easy for a two-year-old to understand
  • Pieces are of great quality
  • The collaborative nature of the game helps kids process losses and wins better.
  • It only teaches color coordination

2. HABA My Very First Games- Here Fishy Fishy Magnetic Fishing Game

Why we like it: The game helps children learn rules. It helps children learn the rules of gaming and how they are applied. The game improves the concentration skills of children and hand-eye coordination. A maximum of four kids can play the game at a time. It is ideal two-year olds and above.

The game comes with; one fishing rod with a worm, four collecting boards with five pop out toys, six sea dwellers, one die with symbols and one sea. The bottom of the box is used as the sea in this case. An instruction sheet is also included. The idea of the game is that children fish out the sea dweller indicated on the die and for every catch, they get a toy to puzzle into their collecting board. The best angler will be able to collect all the toys.

  • It teaches color coordination 
  • The pieces are big enough so you don’t have to worry about choking hazards
  • Pieces are made of high quality wood
  • The sea dwellers are limited to fish only, they should include a variety of sea animals.

3. HABA Town Maze Magnetic Game

Why we like it:This game aids the introduction and study of STEM education at an early age. Children get a lot of developmental benefits such as visual spatial and fine motor skill. It teaches color identification and counting as well.

The HABA town maze magnetic game board measures 10 inches by 8.75 inches. The game has a magnetic wand attached by string that enables children to guide the spheres along the track. The string is long enough to move around the whole board and the magnet has a storage space at the corner of the board for safe storage. The maze has intersecting tracks and blocked roadways that help kids think critically in order to solve the puzzle. The pushing block blocks a street while the turning disk regulates the flow of traffic. To win the game, one must direct all the colored balls to their matching garages. This helps your child learn color coordination in a fun and easy way that will also them remember.

  • strong magnet for easy navigation
  • Graphics on the board are bright and cheerful
  • It is sturdy and well constructed.
  • Some pieces in the maze are hard to move around.

4. HABA My Very First Games Tidy Up!

Why we like it: It teaches children to become responsible Getting kids to tidy up can be such a task, well, this game teaches kids how to tidy up on their own at a young age. This game not only teaches responsibility but it also helps children improve their speech, hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills and object recognition and placement.

The HABA tidy up kit comes with one shelf, 18 toy tiles which include half a dozen of building blocks, vehicles and stuffed animals, 3 toy chests, 1 tomcat tiptop and an instruction manual. The game is pretty easy to play. After tiptop is done playing, the child helps him clean up his toys by placing everything in its rightful place. The instruction manual helps the child identify where each toy should be placed.

  • The instruction sheet is easy to understand
  • It is easy to set up and keep in order
  • The shelf comes assembled right out of the box
  • The cards are sturdy and images are well illustrated
  • The game is more of a task, there is no winning or losing.

5. HABA Palette of Pegs

Why we like it: This is a game which allows children to play with minimal or no supervision.  With this game, children can follow the given designs or they can unleash their creative sides and come up with their own stacking helps children improve their motor skills as well as their color and shape recognition.

Components of the box include a pegging board, 16 pegs and 16 rings. The wooden board measures 7.5 inches by 7.5 inches which is the right size for kids between the ages of 2-6 years. The pegs and rings come in different colors which allows the kids to match them up according to color.  All the pieces are treated with a water based non-toxic stain that gives them an attractive finish. The pieces are large so you should not worry about any choking hazards.

  • It keeps the child engaged 
  • It is a great teaching aid for pre- school kids
  • Pegs can be easily replaced with dowels from local hardware stores
  • The pegs and rings get misplaced or lost easily so you should get a storage box

6. HABA Animal upon Animal

Why we like it: It is made in Germany like all the other HABA products using the best materials. Animal upon Animal can be used by both kids and adults which means you can spend quality time with your children as you play together. It helps kids improve their fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination.

The game comes with a wooden die with symbols, an instruction sheet and 29 wooden animals. The wooden animals include one crocodile and four sheep, 4 snakes,4 penguins,4 lizards, 4 hedgehogs, 4 monkeys and 4 toucans. This particular game is the recipient of the Mr. Dad seal of approval and it also won the Major Fun Award. The dice is rolled to determine how many animals can be placed at a time and whether the crocodile can be placed. The player who places all his/her animals on the animal pile first becomes the winner.

  • The game is easy to play
  • It can be used as a teaching aid for children
  • The wooden animals are a bit slippery making it difficult to stack many at a time

7. HABA Little Orchard

Why we like it: This game stimulates memory and it also helps children identify and name colors. It also helps foster the spirit of team work in kids. A maximum of four kids can play the game at time. It is suitable for kids at the age of 3-8 years.

 The HABA little orchid comes with a game board, one raven, one cherry tree, five pairs of cherries, fifteen flower cards, a basket and one color die. An instruction manual with the rules of the game is also included. The game is pretty simple and the kids are required to harvest all the ripe cherries before the crow steals them. The dice determines how the cards are uncovered while the flower cards determine the next move a player will take.

  • It Is easy to understand and play with
  • Great customer care incase the game comes damaged or incomplete
  • The boards are of great quality and are very sturdy
  •  The game is not complex so kids are bound to outgrow the game pretty fast

8. HABA Orchard game

Why we like it: The game has been in the market for more than 30 years.

The game is one of the most popular since the 80s and as such has worn the Dr. Toys Best Classic Toys Award Winner. Due to its intrigues, the game has also sold more than 2.5 million copies worldwide. It contains four fruit trees which are full of fruit which have to be picked quickly. The players have to gather the fruits before the ravens can eat them all up!

  • A very intrinsic game
  • Teaches children about four types of fruit 
  • The kids learn how to be responsible since they have to pick their fruit before it is eaten
  • If good care is not taken, the fruits might get lost

9. HABA My Very First Games- Go Go Little Penguin!

Why we like it: Your children are guaranteed to benefit from this game by improving in areas like, symbol and number allocation, concentration, language and fine motor skills.

The game is also lot of fun and is a great way for you to spend quality time with your children.

It comes with 3 penguin mummies, 2 fish, 3 penguin babies, a game board and a dice. An instruction sheet is also provided to help the kids navigate through the game. The rules of the game are whoever saw a penguin last rolls the die first. Each penguin twosome has their own path which is exclusive to them alone. Little footprints move the baby penguin while the large footprints move the mommy penguin. If the baby penguin reaches the fish plate first, the mommy is allowed to move regardless of the size of the footprints shown on the die.

  • It is easy to play
  • The board is sturdy and pieces are made of excellent quality
  • It is a quick game so kids don’t get bored
  • It teaches counting only up to 3

10. HABA My Very First Game- Lilli’s Favorite Clothes Memory Game

Why we like it: This game is great for improving your child’s memory and accuracy.  The dolls can also be used for imaginative play after the game. Children can play the game on their own with minimum or no supervision at all.

Lilli’s favorite clothes memory game comes with one wardrobe game board, 1 dresser board game, 16 tiles showing garments and accessories, an instruction manual, one die and 4 girl game boards [Lilli, Felicitas, Victoria and Milla]. This game is ideal for kids the age of 2 years and above. The game can be played by a maximum of 4 kids and a minimum of 2 kids. Kids are required to memorize where all the clothes are, the first person to dress up the doll wins. The characters in this game compliment the dolls in the 4” little friends’ series, so if you own that, this game will make a great addition to your collection.

  • The game boards are sturdy and good quality
  • It is easy to play, the instructions are also easy to follow
  • Dolls are made of paper

11. HABA Number Maze Magnetic Game

Why we like it: It is easy to move the balls using the magnetic pen.

The game is well designed for children since it uses magnetic pens and balls which make it difficult for the pieces to get lost. Children learn color recognition in the game as they move similarly colored balls to the similarly colored animals and numbers. It encourages STEM as toddlers are introduced into mathematical principles at a very early age. The game is also suitable for travels to give your kids fun time on the go.

  • Has magnetic pieces
  • You can easily carry out around
  • Encourages STEM in toddlers
  • The color and animal matching might be confusing to some children

12. HABA Little Bird, Big Hunger

Why we like it: It is a great game for teaching children responsibility and it is also a creative way to get your child to eat their meals.  

The graphics on the game are amazing and humorously illustrated. It is ideal for kids above the age of two years and it requires at least two players, so parents can join in the fun as well.

The game comes with 4 sets of cards and each set has 4 cards, 20 feeding dishes, a sheet of 6 stickers, 1 die and an instruction manual.  The game is about four cheeky chicks who have just hatched, the kids are supposed to feed the chicks with seeds, worms, berries and flies so that they can grow big. The die is rolled is to determine what the chicks want to be fed. There are a few small pieces in the game, so parents should keep an eye on the kids to prevent any choking hazards.

  • Cards are thick and well made
  • It keeps all players engaged throughout the game
  • The stickers on the die come off easily especially if you live in a humid area.

13. HABA Game of Skill: Mini Monster

Why we like it: This game helps instill values like patience in young kids and also improve their concentration and dexterity skills.

The game also strengthens fine motor skills for young children aged 2 and above. Your kids are guaranteed tons of fun as well. 

The game comes packaged in a window box that allows you to see the contents which include; a board and several colorful balls to feed to the mini monster. The board has a diameter of 6.5 inches and is made of plywood and a plastic cover. The mini monsters are well drawn on the board and the kids are required to carefully guide the balls in the correct spots. Materials used to make the game are carefully tested to ensure they are safe and friendly to the environment. 

  • Graphics are colorful and well-illustrated on the board
  • The game is easy to play
  • The game is of great quality and is well made
  • It is small in size therefore easy to carry around when travelling
  • The balls get stuck around the fastening pegs

14. HABA Unicorn Glitterluck Cloud Crystals

Why we like it: The game is challenging enough for young kids and it therefore allows them to think critically.

This board game is suitable for children aged 3 and adults as well. It is a great way for you to spend quality time with your children.

The HABA unicorn glitterluck cloud crystals game comes with a game board, yellow unicorn stardust, pink unicorn glitterluck, turquoise unicorn magic swirl, purple unicorn marvel flower, a blue die, a pink die, 60 cloud crystals and an instruction sheet. The blue dice has clouds and the pink one has jewels. The instruction sheet contains all the rules of the game and it also describes what each symbol means. There are small pieces in the game so parents should beware of a choking hazard. The game can be played by a maximum of 4 players as there are 4 unicorns in the game.

  • Pieces are made of nice and thick wood
  • The game takes a short time to play which helps kids concentrate long enough till the game is over
  • The board is quite small and it gets crowded when playing

15. HABA Dragon’s Breath

Why we like it: This game is inspired by a child friendly story is combined with intriguing material and a classic mechanism to guarantee a fun filled adventure.  

It is a great way for either parents to bond their children. It also won the children’s game of the year award in 2018. 

The contents of the game include: 1 dragon dad, 4 dragon babies, 1 box with 4 partitions, 9 ice rings, 90 ice rings which come in 5 different colors, 5 sparkling stone tiles, 1 ice floe tile and a set of instructions. The ice floe tile is placed at the center of the board and it is filled with the ice rings. Each player picks a dragon child and places it on the corner of the game board. The game has 3 different variations and each round lasts for about 15 minutes. 

  • It is simple for young kids to understand
  • It is sturdy and well made
  • Pieces are small enough to cause a choking hazard

16. HABA Space Planets

Why we like it: It tests for accuracy and therefore helps improve your child’s accuracy. It is a great teaching tool for students in the early grades and also for children interested in space exploration. It takes about 10 minutes to play the game which is just enough time for young children with a shorter concentration span.

The HABA space planets game is suitable for young kids the age of 6 and above and it can also be enjoyed by adults. The game is pretty simple to play, fuel crystals are used to power your spaceship which you will be using to explore and discover unknown planets and galaxies. Players roll the fuel crystal die and aim to land on their planet of choice. The player who collects the highest number of stars at the end of the game is crowned the bravest space exploration in the whole galaxy. The game can be played by a maximum of 4 players.

  • The planet designs are neatly illustrated
  • Easy to understand the rules of the game
  • The game has small pieces that can cause a choking hazard

17. HABA Monza

Why we like it: This is a challenging yet simple game that forces kids to critically think in order to navigate through the race track. It teaches color combination as well and lasts about 5-10 minutes per cycle thus keeping the kids engaged throughout the game. The game can be played by up to 6 kids at a time.

The game is named after a city in Italy popularly known for its formula one grand prix racing circuit. The game comes with 6 racing cars, 6 color dice, a game board and an instruction sheet. The game requires the players to make ingenious combinations and pay attention when rolling the dice in order to win the race. The person to play throws all 6 dice and then try to move the car according to the colors obtained while comparing them to the colors of the squares directly ahead of your car. After every move, the corresponding die is put aside. A player’s turn to play ends when they cannot use certain colors.

  • It is a fun way for parents to spend time with their children
  • It continuously teaches kids new ideas
  • It takes a while to master the rules of the game

18. HABA Catch Me!

Why we like it: This game helps kids with color coordination and naming and it also helps them work on their capacity to react and respond quickly.

It takes a short period of time to play therefore enabling kids to stay engaged through out the game. 

The HABA catch me game comprises of 6 wooden mice with strings attached, a color die, a wooden cup, a regular die and an instruction sheet. when playing the game, one player becomes the cat while the other six become the mice. The cat rolls a die which has 6 different colors, similar to those of the mice, he or she then attempts to catch the mice whose color corresponds with the dice using a wooden cup. The player whose mice is caught switches roles and now becomes the cat. Eventually, all players will play both as the cat and the mice.

  • The game is easy to play
  • Pieces are made of quality materials
  • The game has two variations for kids to switch to
  • The string can detach if it is pulled to hard

19. HABA Rhino Hero A Heroic Stacking Card Game

Why we like it: It has won three awards; Mr. Dad seal of approval, Major Fun! Award and the PTPA – Parented Tested- Parent Approved. It is a great teaching aid that also guarantees tons of fun.

 Sometimes the rhino hero in his attempt to search and stop burglars and rogues makes the strongest tower wobble and collapse, your role is to help rhino hero construct a skyscraper. The game includes 31 roof cards, 1 foundation, 28 wall cards and 1 wooden rhino hero. The roof cards are the action cards and the foundation card is the double-sided starting card. An instruction manual indicating what the symbols on the cards mean and the rules of the game is also included. The roof cards determine the building process. The game offers a 3D card stacking experiences which is so much fun to play.

  • The whole family can participate in the game
  • It is easy to understand and play
  • The game comes in a small compact box which is convenient for travelling
  •  Some customers complained of the foundation card being slightly curved

20. HABA Rabbit Rally

Why we like it: This guessing game, challenges kids to think critically in order to solve the problem. Kids as young as 4 years can play the game as well as adults.  It can be used as a means of bringing the whole family together for fun and games.

The rabbit rally game by HABA comprises of 4 rabbits, 3 wooden carrots in different sizes, 5 gray stones, 6 bridge pieces, a carrot island, a starting island, a color dice and an instruction manual. The game is about poor rabbits who cannot swim but wish to cross to the other island in order to access a giant golden carrot and the other carrots as well. One rabbit has the idea of sinking big stones and then using planks to create a bridge, the problem is, there aren’t enough boards to make the bridge. The rabbits therefore need to use the same sized planks, if you overestimate the length of the plank, you will not be able to cross over with the other rabbits.

  • It is a fun game for the whole family to participate in
  • The game is of great quality
  • It does engage the child very much


Why we like it: This game helps kids improve their hand-eye coordination and accuracy. It is ideal for a 5-year old and above it requires 2 to 4 players.  Playing in groups helps kids develop their social skills.

The keep it steady game comes with a wooden ring, 27 sticks that come in three sets of nine pieces which vary in color and size and a die with 2 yellow sides, 2 blue side and 2 red sides. It requires the players to carefully attempt to slide their wooden sticks through the holes of the cheese castle without touching it. After doing this, the next phase of the game is to try and pull out one stick at a time out of the bundle without collapsing it. The die is rolled to determine which stick should be pulled out. The person with the steadiest hand and the one with the most luck with the die wins the challenge.  Small children below the age of 3 years should not be allowed to play without supervision because the small pieces can cause a choking hazard.

  • This game gives kids a fair chance to beat the adults
  • It is easy to play
  • Setting up the game can be a task

22. HABA Unicorn Glitterluck- A Party for Rosalie

Why we like it: It is a great game that helps teach kids the importance of team work and improve their social skills. Kids win or lose together which helps them work in unity.

This game comes with 4 unicorns namely; glitterluck, stardust, marvel flower and magic swirl, 1 baby unicorn, 1 die, I game board with a spinning arrow, 8 round friend tiles, 8 square friend tiles, 10 cloud crystals and a set of instructions. The unicorns are made of high quality wood that is safe for children. To win the game all players work in cooperation to beat baby Rosalie to the surprise party by collecting all the 10 cloud crystals. Setting up the game and playing the game takes about 15 minutes and this helps the kids stay engaged and concentrate at the game. The game requires a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 4 players.

  • The spinners on the board works very well
  • The game is well made
  • It is easy to play
  • It is only suitable for young kids

23. HABA Iquaza

Why we like it: This is a great game for older kids who are interested in casual gaming. It is also a great area control game for beginners. It encourages kids to critically think in order to beat the other players.

The HABA Iquaza game contains of 1 game board made up of 4 parts with interchangeable rock strips, 2 plastic rails, 2 point boards, 45 bonus tiles, 140 gemstones, a gemstone box for storage, a water box, 50 water drops, and an instruction manual. The game is about Evil Rhujas who wants to capture the gemstones of the Inox, the Inox knows this and he has selected the hardest and most dangerous places to hide the gemstones. The player who successfully uses their cards to place their color gemstones in the best places, scores points in the both the interim and bonus scoring rounds wins the game.

  • The board has visually appealing with 3D graphics
  • It encourages critical thinking
  • It is lightweight making it easy to carry around
  • It takes time to master the game

24. HABA Sleepy Princess Pile Up

Why we like it: The game is both cooperative and competitive and it therefore teaches remarkable social skills. It is also a great way for parents to spend quality time with their kids.  The game lasts for only 10 minutes which allows kids with a shorter concentration span to stay engaged.

The sleepy princess pile up by HABA comprises of 1 Penny Pea princess, 1 pea, 4 sets of bedding that include a pillow, a mattress and a downy comforter, 1 princess bed, a game board printed on both sides, a die and a set of instructions. It can accommodate 2-4 players of age 3 and above. The game requires the players to stack the wobbly bedding just the way Penny likes them which is a tower of mattresses, down comforter and pillows on top of each other for a soft and comfortable bed.  The players have to tactical when playing but is a lot of fun.

  • It is easy to play
  • It can be played in different variations
  • A storage box is not included

25. HABA Flower Maze Magnetic Game

Why we like it: This game helps kids improve their ability to recognize different colors in a fun way that will help them remember. It also fosters fine motor skills and concentration in young kids. It is super lightweight making it easier to carry around.

 The flower maze magnetic game board measures 11.2 inches by 6.7 inches, it has a magnetic wand attached to the board by string which aids in the movement of the spheres along the stems and roots. The magnetic wand has a storage slot on the side of the board for safe storage. The game is made of plywood, plastic and metal of the highest quality. The player guides the blockage along the roots using the magnetic wand to move it out of the way thus allowing beads to pass.  There is a plastic cover on the top that prevents the beads from getting lost.

  • Helps kids unleash their creativity and imagination
  • It is well made and is also very sturdy
  • The magnetic wand is not strong enough to move the balls

26. HABA Paul and The Moon Cooperative Memory Game

Why we like it: It comes with a nice accompanying bedtime story. It has 3 additional game variations for older kids to enjoy. The game last for just a few minutes which helps younger children with a shorter concentration span to stay engaged for a full game.

The game comprises of 1 Paul’s garden, 1 figure play Paul, 30 sparkle sprites, 5 star tiles, 10 wooden stars, 1 die with dots, an instruction sheet and one bedtime story. The garden serves as both the garden and star path. The game is about helping Paul and the sparkle sprites save the lost magic staff that belongs to the moon which helps it wax and wane. The task is to help sparkle sprites build a ladder along the stars before the moon disappear behind the clouds which Paul will use to climb when returning the magic staff to the moon.

  • The pieces are thick and durable
  • The game has cooperative and competitive variations
  • Can also be used for imaginative play
  • Small parts can cause a choking hazard

27. HABA Tree Maze Wooden Magnetic Game

Why we like it: It helps develop fine motor skills, visual spatial skills, concentration, counting as well as color recognition in young children. It allows kids to use their imagination and creativity as they develop their own designs with the balls. This game also helps develop interest in STEM education early on in kids.

The board game measures 8.5 inches by 8.5 inches. The balls come in different colors and they can stand in for a different number of things. The white balls can represent the eggs, the red balls represent red apples and the yellow balls represent ripe pears. A magnetic wand to guide the balls to the different slots is attached to the board and it has a storage slot on the side of the board for easy storage. The small pieces in the game can cause choking hazards so parents should keep an eye on their children as they play.

  • The game design is simple and easy to use
  • It is lightweight and therefore easily portable
  • The magnetic wand is too strong, it drags all the balls together

28. HABA Go Cuckoo! A Wobbly Easter Themed Nest Building Dexterity Game

Why we like it: This game helps improve the concentration of young kids as well as their hand-eye coordination. It can accommodate 2- 5 players at a time and it takes about 15 minutes to complete the game.  

The game comes with one nesting site which is the bottom part of the can, one Kiki Cuckoo, twenty Cuckoo eggs, seventy wooden sticks and an instruction sheet. The game requires maximum concentration and precision especially when placing the wooden eggs on the nest. Players are required to build Kiki Cuckoo a nest and then a soon as a few twigs are on the nest carefully place her eggs on the half-built nest. The instruction manual has directions on how to build the nest.  The winner is whoever places the eggs as well as Kiki Cuckoo on the nest safely. There is a small ball in the game that could potentially cause a choking hazard.

  • It can be used by both kids and adults
  • All pieces are well made
  • The sticks can break when handled carelessly

29. HABA Karuba Junior

Why we like it: It helps kids work in a team and also pay attention in order to win the game. It improves the concentration skills of children. It brings the family together for some fun and games.

The HABA karuba junior game is a popular family game which comprises of 28 tiles, 2 board games, 1 pirate ship, 3 adventures and a set of instructions. The game is suitable kids between the ages of 4-8. A child can play the game on their own or a maximum of 3 people can join in. The game requires a lot of cooperation if you want to defeat the pirates; players should discuss tactics and give each other tips on where a tile fits well. You only win if you are able to connect all the tree treasure tiles with the beach via an unbroken path. If the pirate ship reaches the last space first or if you get lost in the jungle then you lose the game.

  • It is easy to play
  • Made of great quality
  • It is a bit pricey

30. HABA Monster Pile on Wooden Stacking Game

Why we like it: It has 5 variations which provide kids with different versions of the same game. Each variation has a different difficult level that also suit older kids and therefore your kids will be able to play the game as they grow older.

The game contains 12 stacking monsters, 1 stacking frame, 12 plugs, 4 tiles and an instruction manual. The game requires the players to stack the monsters therefore forming a giant pyramid, they are then required to match the dowels to the monsters and carefully slide them in between each figure without knocking any of them down. The game gets as complex as you want it to be. There is a simple variation for toddlers that even allows free play. The monsters and the base for the monster pyramid are made of heavy-duty cardboard disks that makes them sturdy and durable.

  • The monsters are brightly colored
  • The pieces are made of high-quality wood
  • The pieces are big and chunky and they prevent choking accidents
  • The pieces are a bit slippery making it difficult for kids to hold the pieces properly.

Wrapping Up

There are many benefits of playing board games with toddlers. The games help the children development both mentally and physically and doing so with board games is fun. We believe that the above review will go a long way in helping you buy the right HABA game for your toddler.