A Lesson in Support
Parents of gifted children already know that asynchronous development of their youngsters makes some games impractical and even dangerous. Since cognitive ideas go beyond age-compatible maturity, special care should be taken in not allowing the child to engage in any games that might cause danger or harm.
Compare and Contrast – for the abstract thinker
If your preschooler is gifted in the area of abstract thinking, capitalize on this ability by playing compare and contrast games. Ask her to liken an airplane to a bird, spring to fall, or hot to lukewarm. This requires a bit of mental gymnastics and is sure to give you an insight into your child’s working mind. If possible, play this game with a number of gifted children to allow the kids to work together on ideas for comparisons and also contrasts.
Hypothesize – for the creative thinker
Start off with tangible hypotheses, such as “what will happen when we bake the cookies in the oven?" From there, move on to intangible ideas that call for creative thinking. You might ask “what would happen if it snowed in summer?" This encourages story telling and creativity. For the purpose of socialization, play this game with a number of preschoolers and offer each child a different scenario.
Team sports – for the only child
If you parent an only child or have a hard time finding a peer group, enroll the child in a preschool team sport. This might be a dance class, gymnastics course where kids are frequently sorted into changing groups for activities, or peewee soccer or softball. The goal is to foster communication abilities with peers and also teach cooperation in a group setting.