The Importance of Games and Our 10 Favorite Preschool Games
- Social skills – Kids learn to take turns and wait patiently. They learn to compromise “okay this time you can have the red piece, but next time I will.”
- Being a good sport – How to be supportive of other players and accept losses graciously.
- Verbal skills – it’s hard to play a game without talking and interacting with others. One of my daughters is very shy and has anxiety, yet when she plays a game with other kids she is very talkative and relaxed.
- Math skills – Counting how many spaces to move forward.
- Reading – Some games have words that kids must read.
- Fine and gross motor skills – Games have small pieces that kids must manipulate. Some games like Hungry, Hungry, Hippos encourage kids to use larger muscles as they open and close the hippo’s mouth.
- Listening skills – to be able to follow the rules, kids need to listen when they are explained.
- Chutes and Ladders
- Don’t Break the Ice
- Silly Faces Game
- Boggle Jr.
- Connect Four
- Don’t Spill the Beans
- Hungry, Hungry Hippos
Okay, I know I promised 10 games, but my kids reminded me of these other favorite games:
If you are looking more fun ways to engage your kids, I highly recommend KiwiCo. As a former teacher, I was really impressed with the quality of materials found in KiwiCo. Some moms have told me that they want to do activities like I do on Mess For Less with their kids, but they just don’t have to the time to go buy all the supplies and prepare them for the activity. KiwiCo is the perfect solution.
Every month your KiwiCo will focus on a particular theme like Colors, Dinosaurs or Gardening. KiwiCo offer a variety of projects ranging from crafts, imaginative play, science experiments and more.
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