With winter officially in full swing here in Ohio, we spend a lot of time indoors. Board games are my go-to activity when my kids even show hints of cabin fever. The good thing is my kids love a good board/activity game. I love them too, especially when they combine fun and learning! We have a lot of games; so many, that when I cleaned out my linen closet I filled the bottom two shelves with games and puzzles. I thought I would share with you the preschool games that my kids play with the most.
Alphabet Bingo and Number Bingo, great for letter and number recognition, Ren (my almost 8 yr old) likes to be the “caller” and Alexandria (almost 3) is learning her letters and numbers with help from her brothers. These games come with plenty of cards and bingo chips. I did laminate the cards as I want them to last a while….plus we can use erasable crayons instead of the chips.
The Mini Muffin Match Up is a great color recognition, sorting, counting and early math skills game. Alexandria loves to “cook” while she sorts colors and Sam (4 1/2 yr old) sorts by counting using the number discs. Pattern Play is a fabulous problem solving activity that teaches patience, sorting, matching, following directions. It is also great for open-ended play. It has brightly colored wooden blocks that correspond to 40 different pattern cards. Ren and Sam follow the pattern cards and then create their own patterns; while Alexandria creates her own patterns.
We started playing Headbanz when Ren was three and we still play quite often. Headbanz is an easy game to play for me because I can get stuff done around the house while we are playing. Alexandria gives away the cards in play, so Ren, Sam and I play while she is napping. Not only do my kids have a lot of laughs playing the game they also are practicing deductive reasoning and creative critical thinking skills.
The classic game of Chutes and Ladders is played at least 4 times a week in my house. Sam can now play properly and he LOVES the game. Great for counting, number recognition, taking turns and following directions. Alexandria tries to get in on the game and we let her..although she just climbs ladders and goes down chutes, at will.
Richard Scarry is one of my favorite children’s author and illustrators. I remember reading his books when I was in kindergarten. When Ren was gifted the Wonder Forge Richard Scarry’s Busytown I Found It game, a couple of years ago for his birthday, I’m pretty sure I was more excited than he was. All three of my kids play this game. The little red “magnifying glass” is a coveted game piece around here and they love searching for the goldbug clues. Because the board is so long (6 ft) they each have a section to themselves for searching. Building confidence, reinforcing teamwork and paying attention to details is just some of the skills kids work on while playing Busytown.
Hullabaloo is the perfect—we are stuck inside the house because of bad weather— kids game. It’s a high energy game with lots of movement but (and this is a huge plus for me), they have to be quiet enough to listen for the directions (the best win-win in my book). This is another game that all three of my kids play together. Alexandria likes to play this one alone as well. Listening and following directions, problem solving and a little healthy competition makes Hullabaloo a great game.
I recently bought Little Treasures Matching Letter Game for Sam’s school time and he loves it. The game comes with thirty picture cards and sixty word cards that use 3 and 4 letter words along with 8 letter cubes. Letter and word recognition, memory and spelling are just some of the skills that are used while playing. Sam is learning how to read and this game provides him with a fun way to recognize words.
As you can see…no shortage of boredom busters or activities in my house! Sometimes, I feel like we have too much, but when I start sorting and keep things based on when it was last taken out of the closet…I end up keeping all.the.games. Do you have favorite games that your kids play or used to play? Id love to hear about them!
Linking up with Stephanie and the Tuesday Talk Hosts!
I’d love to hear from you if you stopped by. Leave me a comment if you have a moment!