When it comes to games for my kids, I prefer to have something that has some sort of educational base. While there are games made specifically for educational purposes, almost any game can have an educational point to them.
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Best Educational Games for 3-Year-Olds
I love using games to teach our kids. This list of best educational games for 3-year-olds is going to keep them learning from an early age! Check out our picks and make sure to comment with your favorites below!
Card games are one of the easiest games to make educational. If you are using a traditional deck of cards you can work on things like colors, shapes, numbers, and grouping. Uno is an amazing card game for learning both colors and numbers. You can buy sets of card games for kids that each come with their own instructions on how to play each specific game. Go Fish works great for matching and depending on the set of cards you get it can also work great for number identification. Old Maid is another great one for number recognition and memory recall.
Keep in mind that if you have any of these kids games on hand, you can easily set the rules aside and use it to enhance any of the skills you want to teach your child. It may take some creativity sometimes but, step out of the box.
Board games are another fun one. Here again, you can buy educational games which are great but, you can also use plain old board games. Games like CandyLand and Chutes and Ladders are wonderful for counting and color identification. Matching Games like this one are fantastic for working on their memory recall.
Even when we don’t think about it most board games can have an educational use. Simply counting out loud and asking your child to count with you turns a normal game into a numbers game.
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There are so many educational games for kids on the market. You can buy them at local stores or online. Each game focuses on a specific skill set. They are developed to help your child learn in a fun and exciting way. These games typically “camouflage” the learning aspect. They are so much fun that kids don’t focus on what they are learning, they just want to play the game. A couple of our favorite games are Sneaky Snacky Squirrel and Zingo.
Use Their Toys/Games:
Get down on the floor with them and play their games with them. If your kids are anything like my first one, they are very independent when it comes to playing. It wasn’t too often that she let me play with her but, I was able to talk to her while she played. That somewhat let me immerse myself in her game and I was able to teach her through her play. Mention things like colors, shapes, and how many of each object they have.
Make Your Own:
If you are bored of the games you have been playing or if you’re like me and don’t want to buy an enormous amount of games, make your own game! Figure out what skill you want to work on with your child and develop your own game around that skill.
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