Board Games for Preschoolers
Board games are excellent learning tools for children. They can help them with counting, letter recognition, memory or just learning how to be a good sport. Games are one of Mara and I’s favorite “Mommy and Me” activities. The time that we spend playing games is focused bonding time. We can play and laugh together, learn and just have fun. There are a lot of fun board games for preschoolers that can help you learn and have fun with your kiddo.
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My Favorite Board Games for Preschoolers
Count Your Chickens – Count Your Chickens is a cooperative game to help preschoolers improve their counting skills. The rules and game play are very simple and easy for kids to remember. They spin a spinner with pictures on it that coordinate with pictures on the game board. Then, they count as they move to the coordinating space on the game board. However many spaces they move is the number of chicks that they return to the coop. The goal is to get all of the chicks back to the coop before the mama chicken (the moving game piece) gets back.
Chutes and Ladders – Chutes and Ladders focuses on counting skills and handling the ups and downs of the game. There is a spinner with numbers and you move the number of spaces that you spin. Along the game board there are ladders that may allow you to advance further along, or chutes (slides) that may cause you to move backwards. Of all the board games for preschoolers thatwe own, this one takes the longest to play. That means it doesn’t hold our daughter’s attention very well. However, we still pull it out every few weeks and see how far we can get! She really doesn’t like being sent backwards on the “slides” so it does make for a great lesson in handling disappointment!
Cootie – Cootie is another of my favorite childhood board games. You roll the dice and it reveals a picture of a bug part (head, leg, antenna, mouth and eyes) and you assemble a little Cootie bug. The first player to complete their Cootie bug is the winner. Players start the game with a body and add to that body. You have to roll a head before you can collect a mouth, eyes or antenna. This game is just fun! Since there is a winner, it can help teach kids to cope with losing.
Go Fish – We don’t play Go Fish with a traditional deck of cards, but with a little preschool deck. The pictures are easily recognizable, making it a simpler game for little ones. I expected this game to take Mara a little while to learn, but she grasped the concept pretty quickly. Since the game just consists of a deck of cards, it’s great for playing at restaurants or any other public setting that requires a lot of waiting. Depending on the cards you’re using, Go Fish can help with number recognition, matching, patience and paying attention.
What are some of your favorite board games to play with your kids? Or what was a favorite of yours growing up?