Yes, board games can be a lot of fun. They can provide entertainment for your children, and the rest of the family too! However, they can do double duty to provide much more than entertainment. They can also help with learning too. There are lots of great board games out there that build fine motor skills, as well as math and reading skills. With that being said, read on to discover more about five of the best board games for preschoolers and toddlers.
Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed
The first game we’re going to mention is based on the book series, Five Little Monkeys, which has been written by Eileen Christelow. Your child will need to get the monkeys through their bedtime routine. This involves developing fine motor skills, sequencing, counting, and practicing strategy. This game has a funny side to it, especially as the bed can spring up and cause all of the monkeys to fall on the floor before your child has finished getting them ready for bed.
There are lots of different games out there that can help with your child’s memory. The original Memory game is one of the classics. It’s simple; you need to make a pair, using familiar characters.
No doubt, you have heard of the classic card game, Uno, which works on sorting skills and matching. Uno Moo is a preschool version, featuring animal figurines instead of cards. The game begins with a player putting an animal on a barn. The next player has to decide if they have something in common with that animal, for example, type of animal or color. The first player to have all of their animals of the haystack wins.
Super Why ABC Letter Game
Super Why is a PBS show that helps children learn how to read. The show is incredibly popular and has won some awards too. There is a board game that is created on this show, featuring some of the show’s familiar characters. The game is designed to assist with a number of different skills, for example, replacing nonsense words with ones that make more sense, rhyming, and matching capital letters with lowercase letters.
Last but not least, we have Zingo, which is an entertaining take on Bingo. All of the tiles have a picture and a word, which describes the picture. While your child matches the picture on the tile to what is on the game board. While doing this, your child can also practice reading the words. Your child can also practice his or her fine motor skills because the game has a neat manner for the storage and the dispensing of the tiles in a slider. There are a number of different versions of Zingo that have been created, targeting different skills. For example, there is Bilingual Zingo for players who speak both English and Spanish, and you have Zingo 1-2-3 to teach number recognition.
Enjoy playing these games and teaching your preschoolers “FUNdamental skills”!