Wednesday, February 24. 2010

Top 10 Early Preschool Games

Posted under: Family

The most recent issue of Meeting Point includes a list of the "Top 10 Early Preschool Games."
I'm interested in other people's experiences. Any games you would add to or delete from this list?

Comments

I agree with Cariboo. Could change the covers to reflect community helpers, etc - reinforce concepts originally learned in discrete trials.

Also:
Barnyard Bingo (reinforcing - push lever and piece comes out, matching, very easy)

Chutes and Ladders (counting, easy, some suspense)

Old MacDonald game (highly reinforcing (animal noises from hidden animals covered by haystacks), matching, auditory recognition, memory, easy)

Zimbos (easy rules, balancing, number sequence, wooden pieces easy to handle and durable)

Dominos (matching, very easy, especially if played with domino faces revealed)

Duck Duck Goose (reinforcing - animal sounds and song, easy, matching)

SoundTracks and Hear and There bingo games (easy rules, auditory recognition)

Here are some of my favorites that weren't mentioned in the article:

Matchin' MIddles (Fisher Price)
Candyland Castle Game (similar to the old Barnyard Bingo)
Don't Spill the Beans
Memory
Cooties
Turtle Picnic (Fisher Price)

Any of the other games similar to Kerplunk (e.g., Honeybees, Monkeys in a tree, etc.). Also, Let's go fishing!

Hullabaloo (Cranium) is a fantastic game! The rules are simple, you just need to listen to instructions! The game teaches kids Receptive Instructions (dancing, jumping, turning around) teaches them shapes and colors and various objects as well.

Some other games I have used in my practice and the kids love are:
The Ladybug Game by Zobmondo
Monkeying Around: Great for fine motor skills too.
Kindermusik's Sound Bingo
Ned's Head: I use this one is many different ways. I sometimes substitute the objects that come with the game and target letter sounds, categories, functions, etc.

One other great place to get board games that are cooperative-type games and help teach kids to work together for a common goal is www.familypastimes.com They have games for all ages. I particularly like "Ogres & Elves", "Dark & Dangerous Skies" and "Caves & Claws". The kids love these games!

Woody's ROUND-UP and Mouse- Ka-Tag.
These are listening games and following directions, but very simple and great. They require the kids to move around and listen. My youngest ASD started at age 2.5 and my oldest NT daughter who is going to be 8 still loves it. Lost of fun.


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