A few months ago, we went to a Candy Land themed Christmas party. There was a giant (cardboard) gingerbread house with candy for the kids to decorate with, large, colorful squares that made a path from one room to another, and oversized treats around every corner. Needless to say, this began Miss H’s obsession with the board game, Candy Land. It’s great to see her love board games rather than the video games most kids play these days. I hope she enjoys the Cubox board games and more when I get her a few new ones to try. She’s getting old enough now that the game’s objective is easier to get, and she can play on her own without teaming up with an adult. I love this stage! Today, the final day of my learning through play series, I’ve rounded up some games that we love and some that we would love to own.
I realize that my first post in this series described learning through play as child-led and not organized by adults, and games might not fit into the category. Nevertheless, they’re an important part of childhood. Charlotte Mason mentioned that games are a break from the a child’s hard work of physical play and observation. Some physical play could teach children problem-solving, and teamwork if you are interested in something like a giant obstacle course for hire. Even though these games have skills that they teach, I really wanted to include games that are packed with fun!
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Fun Preschool Games by Skill
Candy Land– No logic or strategy is needed for this game, which makes it a great starter game for preschoolers!
The Sneaky, Snacky Squirrel Game– This is one that I’ve had my eye on, because it comes up in every homeschool group I’m a member of. Besides helping children learn numbers, it also helps them practice fine motor skills and strategy.
Connect 4– This is one of our favorites! It took us awhile to play it by following the actual rules, but house rules are fun, too! This game helps develop fine motor skills, too.
Guess Who? Board Game– I loved this one when I was young! By forming questions, children are also classifying information. For older children, I love the idea of making your own Guess Who game that fits into what your’re studying (here’s an example using explorers).
Spot It Junior Animals– We got this one as the toy in a Chic-fil-a meal. It was just a mini-version, but Miss H loved it! She carried the cards around with her everywhere for months! The goal is to find the matching animal pair between two cards.
Hasbro Chutes and Ladders– A classic favorite!
Spot It! Numbers and Shapes– Similar to the original Spot-it, but helpful for preschoolers who are learning their numbers and shapes.
Zingo – Bingo with a Zing Game– We started playing this game when Miss H wasn’t quite three, but now it’s really clicking! She beat Nate and I twice the other night (and we’re in the “they need to learn how to lose” camp!) When she gets a little older, the short words on the cards will offer a little reading reinforcement.
Spot it Alphabet– Another amazing Spot-it game!
Rally Up This was also a Chic-fil-a kids meal prize (please don’t judge me on the frequency of our Chic-fil-a visits!) The goal of this game is to classify the pictures on the cards to find two cards in the same category. This is from the same makers as the Spot-it games, and they made another winner.
Here are some resources from the lovely ladies at iHomeschool Network to help you learn more about using games for learning and for fun.
Phew. I made it through five days in a row of posting! I hope you enjoyed this series! Please comment below and tell me what your child’s (children’s) favorite games are!