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Best games for 3 to 4 year olds

The best PS5 games for 3 to 4 year olds

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Do you have a youngster who wants to start playing games? It can be hard to know exactly where and when to start. The truth is, there’s no right age to share your hobby with your children: if they’re interested in video games, there’s no reason you shouldn’t embrace it! The trouble is finding PS5 games suitable for 3 to 4 year olds — and that’s where we’d like to help.

By the age of three or four, most children will be starting to develop good hand/eye co-ordination, making it easier for them to hold and use a controller. If you own a PS5 and are wondering where to start with your children, we’ve rounded up the best PS5 games for 3 to 4 year olds.

How have we chosen the best PS5 games for 3 to 4 year olds?

When it comes to introducing young children to games, we recommend choosing something simple. The easier, the better, really. We’ve considered games that are easy to control, using basic controller inputs. If a game requires multiple face and shoulder buttons, it’s likely to be a little too complex for a 3 to 4 year old, so we’ve focused on games that can be played with just one or two button presses.

Not every game we’ve selected is necessarily “easy” to complete. It’s worth considering that most kids of this age probably won’t complete a game. But if it provides a fun, vibrant world to spend time in, it’s a good choice — even if they don’t manage to complete many objectives.

It goes without saying that everything we’ve chosen on this list has an appropriate age rating, so you won’t find any curse words, inappropriate imagery or violence beyond cartoon-style fisticuffs.

Want more ideas? Check out our list of the best PS4 games for 3 to 4 year olds, too. Thanks to backwards compatibility, they’re all perfectly playable on PS5. 

1. Peppa Pig: World Adventures

Peppa Pig: World Adventures
Image: Petoons Studio/Outright Games

If your little one loves Peppa Pig, then this is the game for them. Perhaps our favourite thing about Peppa Pig: World Adventures is that it looks exactly like the TV series. Players can create their own character and family, and essentially it’s like starring in their own episodes of Peppa Pig.

World Adventures sees you visit seven cities across the world, so offers an opportunity to learn a little about the world, too. But really, the joy here is simply frolicking with Peppa and her family. It’s undoubtedly one of the best games for 3 to 4 year olds on PS5 thanks to its simple controls, very easy objectives and beautiful, colourful world.

In our Peppa Pig: World Adventures review, our only complaint was that we wished there was more educational value here. Despite being focused on visiting landmarks around the world, there’s no real geography to be learned. But it’s not the worst thing, and we’re certain your kids themselves aren’t going to care about that!

2. Paw Patrol World

Paw Patrol World screenshot
Image: 3DWorlds/Outright Games

We’re yet to meet a tot who doesn’t love Paw Patrol. We pretty much love Paw Patrol ourselves: it’s colourful, bright, optimistic and full of cute doggos — what’s not to like? While there have been many Paw Patrol games suitable for 3 to 4 year olds, the best on PS5 has to be Paw Patrol World. It’s the first open world game starring the gang of pups, giving youngsters the freedom to play however they want.

Once again, players will find themselves in control of Chase, Marshall, Rubble and co, and can switch between dogs with the push of a button. Each dog has its unique and familiar vehicle, too, and there’s a wide variety of familiar locations seen in the cartoon series. You can run around collecting coins, jumping around to discover secrets, talk to Adventure Bay residents and complete mini quests.

We really liked Paw Patrol World in our review, calling it thoughtful and considerate — something quite rare in games aimed at kids. Because of that, it’s an absolute must if you have a PS5 and a youngster obsessed with Paw Patrol.

3. Bluey: The Videogame

Bluey: The Videogame review
Screenshot: GameSpew

Another popular dog-filled animation is Bluey — and it’s one that us adults love almost as much as our kids. The Australian show focuses on young dog Bluey, her sister Bingo, and their mum and dad. There’s no saving the world and putting out fires here, though: the tales of Bluey are generally small and focused on family life. Perhaps that’s why it’s so universally loved: we can all relate to these dogs.

Bluey: The Videogame is a little shallower than the TV series in that its stories aren’t quite as good, but there’s still a lot to love. Perhaps our favourite thing is that Bluey: The Videogame can be approached in just about any way, making it an ideal PS5 game for 3-4 year olds.

In our Bluey review, we praised the use of original voice actors and the fact it has animation that closely matches the cartoon. There are also some themes here that you’ll recognise if you’ve watched a lot of the show, like a magical xylophone and the game of ‘keepy-uppy’.

4. Disney Dreamlight Valley

Disney Dreamlight Valley What's Left behind
Image: Gameloft

While we’re big fans of Disney Dreamlight Valley ourselves, we also think it’s one of the best games on PS5 for 3 to 4 year olds. There are many reasons for that. First, it’s Disney. What kid doesn’t love Disney? There’s also the fact it encompasses so much of Disney: you’ll find Ariel and Sebastian from The Little Mermaid here, but also Anna and Elsa from Frozen and Buzz Lightyear from Toy Story. There are more than two dozen Disney franchises covered already, and more characters added on a regular basis.

But what really makes this one of the best games for young children is that it’s a completely open sandbox that can be played in any way you like. Sure, there are tasks to do, and some of the controls for those may be a little tricky for the smallest hands — you’ll need to use the right trigger and the thumb stick to choose a new tool, for example. But we think this is one of those games where it doesn’t really matter if you don’t do what you’re “supposed” to be doing. Simply walking around, enjoying the scenery and talking to the characters is going to be a huge joy for young Disney fans.

In our Disney Dreamlight Valley review, we praised the game’s realms — smaller areas based directly on a Disney property. You can explore a section of Moana’s island, for example, or create chaos in Remy’s kitchen from Ratatouille. There’s a great attention to detail that any Disney fan is going to adore.

5. My Little Pony: A Zephyr Heights Mystery

My Little Pony: A Zephyr Heights Mystery screenshot
Image: Outright Games

One of the newer games on this list of best PS5 games for 3 to 4 year olds is My Little Pony: A Zephyr Heights Mystery. It’s colourful, it’s fun, and it’s very easy to play: all great ingredients for a game for youngsters. Bonus points if they’re already My Little Pony fans, too!

Even if they’re not, we think A Zephyr Heights Mystery offers enough of a colourful adventure that it doesn’t really matter. Beginning with control of just one pony, you can jump, glide and activate a magical power with the touch of a button. More ponies will become available as players progress, each with their own abilities, like dashing or donning rollerskates.

There’s some basic platforming to do here, but a lot of the time, players are free to explore, talking to other ponies, collecting stars and generally horsing around (sorry). Our My Little Pony: A Zephyr Heights Mystery review praised the amount of activities on offer, and we also love the fact it’s playable in co-op, so siblings or friends can play together.

6. Lego 2K Drive

LEGO 2K Drive
Image: 2K Games

We weren’t sure whether to include Lego 2K Drive on our list of best PS5 games for 3 to 4 year olds. Its races aren’t the most forgiving for one, and its controls may be a little difficult for really young players to get used to. But there’s also so much to love, even if youngsters never get any further than driving around its open world.

Lego fans will get a kick out of seeing Lego-built cars drive around, whizzing past Lego buildings and seeing minifigures go about their day. There are fun mini quests to enjoy, too, like finding a farmer’s missing pigs. Ultimately, its world is just so wonderful that it’s a delight to be a part of. In our Lego 2K Drive review, that was one thing we couldn’t stress enough: just how much fun this game is.

Sure, there are easier racing games for kids, like Race With Ryan, but very few are as thrilling and joyful as this.

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