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.
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
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.