Games for preschoolers are fairly easy to find. You can find games simply just for fun and educational games geared towards almost any aspect you want your child to focus on. It is easy to add to your game collection however, it can get pretty expensive. That is why I prefer to supplement the games we do have with homemade games.
Homemade Preschool Games
No matter how much I let my kids run, they always seem to have more energy. It is for that reason that one of my favorite games keeps my kids active. Below are some easy ways to play games while also helping them learn naturally.
Shapes and Colors
You can make it one of two ways. The best part is, both ways are very easy. First, use sidewalk chalk and draw large shapes using different colors, in various places around the sidewalk or driveway. The next option is to use colored cardstock. Cut out various shapes in different colors. You can laminate the pieces or, leave them as is. Either way, you choose will still be a lot of fun.
After the game is made and set out if needed, you call out either a shape or a color. Your child then needs to identify it and run to the shape or color and stand on it. As they get better with their shapes and colors you can easily change it to meet their needs.
Using either construction paper or colored cardstock, make large cutouts of numbers. Place them either around the room or, around the house. Call out a number and have your little one locate it and touch it. This is also a fun way to teach them things like your phone number or their address in the process!
Downtime is pretty important as well. You can still play games and learn while being chill. That’s why we include the ideas below!
During snack time, take a piece of paper and divide it into several boxes. Within each box draw a single number. Have your child place the designated number of their snack in each box while counting aloud.
Using kids numbered blocks, have your child build a tower. Then, count the pieces aloud together as the tower grows.
An easy way to start identifying colors is by using blocks. I use it as a starting point because there are only a few colors. You can either ask your child to bring you a specific color or, point out the colors they are using while building.
Colorful crackers or other colorful snacks can be a fun way to identify colors as well. If you sit with your child have them name the colors as they eat them.
Any activity that your child does during their day can be used as a learning opportunity. Make it a point to point out colors and shapes or count with them during their normal routine. Even while you are out and about running errands or at the park, you can make it a point to point out colors and shapes or count with them. It just takes a second to slow down and mention these things. Learning these concepts doesn’t have to be boring so make it fun for them.