11 Games that will engage and challenge your preschoolers
You should know: Stack up is a cooperative game, which means players work together not against each other to win. It also has 3 game variations that increase in difficulty.
Goal of the game: Work with another player to balance 12 blocks before landing on the “smasher.”
Skills it works on: Teamwork, eye-hand coordination, grading pressure, problem-solving, following directions, and perseverance.
You should know: Pengoloo will challenge visual and working memory.
Goal of the game: Collect 6 penguins by matching the colors on the dice to the eggs hiding under the penguins.
Skills it works on: Counting, color recognition, matching, following directions, turn-taking, and memory.
You should know: The Silly Street board game is large 8 piece interlocking puzzle that kids first have to put together to set up the game.
Goal of the game: Complete different challenges to earn points and reach the end of Silly Street. Some challenges are silly, some are tricky, but all address different aspects of development.
Skills it works on: Creativity, turn-taking, problem-solving, communication, dramatic play, and self-confidence.
You should know: Number Bingo is one variation of the favorite Zingo games. Each game focuses on a different skill (sight words, three letter words, etc.). This number game comes with double-sided cards with 1:1 correspondence on one side and basic addition on the other.
Goal of the game: Be the first player to cover the entire card by matching the numbers.
Skills it works on: Number recognition, counting, reaction time, addition, fine motor.
You should know: Pancake Pile-Up! is a relay race game that gets kids up and moving.
Goal of the game: Complete a pancake order by by sequencing and stacking the pancakes as the order shows.
Skills it works on: Balance, coordination, visual perception, sequencing, following directions, teamwork, and concentration.
You should know: Shelby’s Snack Shack is my favorite game from the Educational Insight’s fantastic line of squeezer games. This one is recommended for ages 4 and up, but you can find other ones for different ages.
Goal of the game: Spin the spinner to collect the most doggie bones to add to your doggie bowl.
Skills it works on: Number recognition, counting, turn-taking, following directions, and fine motor .
You should know: Alphabet Island is a simple board game that focuses on matching letters and sounds. It’s a lot of fun for everyone, and is especially beneficial for kid’s who need additional help learning letters.
Goal of the game: Race to collect the most matches by matching the letters or sounds (depending on your game of choice).
Skills it works on: Vocabulary, letter recognition, letter sounds, matching, reaction time, following directions, and attention.
You should know: Jumping Jack is probably my favorite preschool game of all time (the kids seem to enjoy it as well;). The anticipation of waiting for Jack to jump keeps kids super engaged, alert, and focused, and the rules are easy to learn.
Goal of the game: Collect more carrots than your opponent or catch Jack when he jumps up to win the game.
Skills it works on: Turn-taking, following directions, counting, reaction time, fine motor, and patience.
You should know: Feed Fuzzy is a super cute game with easy to learn rules that will keep your child engaged and learning.
Goal of the game: Feed all the acorns to Fuzzy before your opponent.
Skills it works on: Color and number recognition, counting, following directions, turn-taking, fine motor skills, bilateral coordination.
Goal of the game: Find a picture on your game board that matches a picture on card drawn, and ring the bell before your opponent.
Skills it works on: Visual discrimination, attention, perception, reaction time, following directions, and perseverance.
You should know: Charades for Kids is designed for 3 or more players (but you can modify). No reading is required for one variation of the game.
Goal of the game: Act out the pictures on the cards you draw. The player who guesses correctly 3 times (only 1 guess allowed per turn) wins the game.
Skills it works on: Vocabulary, imagination, creativity, problem-solving, planning, self-confidence.