Playing games with a preschool provides learning of academic, 1:1 correlation, taking turns, sportsmanship, and family fun. Below is a list of our favorite preschool games; the ones that my kiddos asked to play over and over. Several of also used throughout the ABCJLM Curriculum for specific learning. Also included are games suggested by the ABCJLM family. These games do not require reading skills which makes them perfect for preschoolers.
Card Games for Preschoolers - In the evenings our family loves to play Go Fish, Old Maid, Crazy 8, Slapjack and other fun card games.
Sorry - Excellent game to teach character! Child must be able to do 1:1 correspondence.Qwirkle is one of our favorite games to play as a family and is an excellent game to teach sorting as groups can be created by color or by shape. Since the actual rules of the game are too hard for preschool children, the 5 Year Curriculum contains game alternatives.
Twister - While the actual rules will probably be too hard for preschoolers, have fun matching colors and body parts. This game is used in the ABCJLM Curriculum as a Gross Motor Activity.
Hi Ho Cherry-O - Basic math skills.
Dominoes - Use for matching, math, counting, colors, and sorting. Picture dominoes are also available for younger kiddos.
Connect Four - Fun fine motor game to work on colors, matching, and strategy.
Memory - There are many options of this game (also called Matching) from Disney to faces, letters to Dr. Seuss. Wonderful for Visual Perception, matching, memory, and taking turns.
UNO Cards can be used for many activities including teaching numbers, colors, and sorting. The game is fun too!
ABCJLM Bingo Cards - Printable in pdf form.
Lucky Ducks - Teaches matching, memory, and colors.
Zingo - Several versions of this bingo-style game are available for pre-readers and readers to teach vocabulary, sight words, numbers, spelling, and other learning.
Sequence for Kids - This was a favorite of our kids. Great strategy-building game for older preschoolers.
Uno Moo! My nieces love this game that teaches animals and their sounds, colors, and matching.
Chutes and Ladders - Honestly, this is my least favorite of all children's games because it never ends but kids enjoy it. Good for teaching direction, counting, and numbers.
Ants in the Pants is a fun fine motor game. (In my experience the ants in some brands of this game flip better than others.)
Spot It - Fun Visual Perception game.
Get's Go Fishing - This game takes more fine motor skill than others so use with older preschoolers.
Don't Break the Ice - One to watch for at thrift stores and garage sales.Stack Up! - For teaching color matching and hand-eye coordination.
The Sneaky, Snacky, Squirrel Game - This game has been suggested by several for learning colors, matching, strategic thinking, hand-eye coordination, and fine motor skills.
Don't Spill the Beans - Works fine motor skills.
Trouble - Good game to play in the car. Teaches 1:1 correspondence. For older preschoolers.
Crocodile Dentist - Fun game that works fine motor skills.
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