Bored? Make Learning Fun with These Preschool Board Games
written by: Finn Orfano
• edited by: Elizabeth Wistrom
• updated: 3/2/2012
Looking for ideas on what to do with your preschool students? Read on and learn about preschool board games that your students could have hours of fun playing. These games are based upon what educational gain they can offer your class aside from their notable entertainment value.
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Have Some Fun!
Preschool teachers are constantly looking for fun activities to do with their students that will enhance their educational material. One often overlooked possibility is the classic board game. Preschoolers are at the perfect age to begin playing these games. There are many options out there for teachers and the choices can easily become overwhelming. This article is designed as a jumping-off tool for teachers by listing preschool board games that come with an educational advantage. The games listed here promote memory and skill acquisition, which supports what a child learns in their preschool program.
Some of these games can be played with the whole class, however some will have to be broken up among groups of children.
Children learn differently, so offer the hands-on learning advantage that these games can bring. The motivational aspect of winning a game often leads to a push in learning for some children. In addition, preschoolers are stepping away from parallel play and into more group focused activities. Utilizing these board games are the perfect way to support this metamorphosis.
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Book Based Games
These games promote the learning of these classic children’s books:
Goodnight Moon Game (3+) by Briarpatch: Themed around the classic book Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown & Clement Hurd – Enhances matching skills
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Game (3+) by University Games: Themed around the classic book The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle – Enhances counting and color recognition skills
Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed Game (3+) by University Games: Themed around the classic book Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed by Eileen Christelow – Enhances counting skills
Brown Bear – Panda Bear, What Do You See? Game (3+) by Are You Game: Themed around the classic books: Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? and Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What Do You See?by Eric Carle – Enhances memory skills
Color Recognition Skills Game
Candy Land (3+) by: Hasbro
Counting/Number Recognition Skills Games
Chutes and Ladders (3+) by Hasbro
Hi Ho Cherry-O (3+)by: Hasbro
Pegs in the Park (4+) by Jax Ltd Inc
Letter Recognition Skills Game
Alphabet Squiggle (4+) by Random Line
Rhyme-Song Themed Games
These games promote the learning of these classic rhyming songs:
Hickory Dickory Dock Preschool Game (4+) by Tara Toys
Old McDonald Preschool Game (4+) by Tara Toys
Head Shoulders Knees and Toes Preschool Game (4+) by Tara Toys
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Depending on what your classroom curricula consists of at the time; you can enhance these skills in a fun way with any of these board games.Whether it is color recognition, counting/number sequencing, or language development, you and your students will have hours of fun while promoting common preschool program educational goals.