I don’t know about you, but if we can develop academic skills while having fun I’m all for it. Today I’m sharing some of the games we enjoy playing.
Scrambled States – We’ve had this game about 3 years now and it continues to be a favorite. We’ve adjusted the rules so speed doesn’t matter (decreases frustration AND keeps the cards from getting torn up). It really helps the kids learn their states, capitals, and locations in a fun way.
Blokus This game is great for developing spatial skills. The game is for 2-4 players but we’ve found 3 is ideal for everyone to be able to play all their pieces. 2 is too easy and 4 is very competitive and one person can be blocked and picked on. With 3 players we can help each other out and usually get everyones pieces on the board if they play wisely.
Mastermind – This one is an oldie. I remember playing it with my mom. One person makes a “code” with 4 colored pegs – the other person tries to guess the code in the right order from the 6 available colors. I’ve heard some people allow multiple pegs of the same color but that seems like it would be impossible to solve. After each attempt the guesser is given clues – How many pegs are the right color in the wrong space, How many pegs are the right color in the right space. It really develops logic and critical thinking skills – in a fun way.
Uno – We don’t play this one as much anymore, but I actually used it to help teach money. We would play the game the normal way, but we kept track of our score using coins instead of writing it down.
Connect 4 – This has probably been E’s favorite game since he was 3 or 4. It seems like such a simple game yet it develops planning and strategy skills.
Bananagrams – The free form of Bananagrams works well with kids and I like the letter tiles.
Chunks – I’m not sure how often we played the game, but the tiles come in super handy for rhyming exercises.
What are your favorite games?
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