Board games are an excellent learning tool for preschoolers. Not only do many of them include aspects of cognitive development (one-to-one correspondence, number recognition, etc), but they also teach social skills like taking turns and being a good sport when losing. Unless there is at least a little bit of competition every now and then, children will miss out on the opportunity to learn the valuable skill of losing with grace.
I recently asked Facebook readers what their favorite board game to play as a family is. I found this list extremely helpful, as we are thinking about starting a family game night each week once Little Brother is old enough to participate. Here are just a few of the favorites mentioned here:
“The Ladybug Game was designed by a six year old, so it’s pretty easy to understand . We’ve been playing it with our 4 yo since she was in her late twos or early threes. We highly recommend it.” -Eric
“Charades for kids … is so different from other traditional board games … it’s a whole different level of thinking for them … they look at their card (pictures for non-readers so good for even 3/4 yr old kids) then have to think how to communicate that picture (object/animal/action) to the others playing without using words, only mime and noises. My 3 yr old daughter laughs and cheers hysterically for every right answers and my 4 year old loves it too!” -Susan
This is one of Big Brother’s favorites, though it tends to drive me insane. It lasts forever, much like adult-Monopoly, but is still really fun. :)
“Super why works on teaching the alphabet, reading, rhyming, and spelling. I accredit this game for Hunter starting to read.” -Mercedes
“My kiddos are still pretty young, but Cootie is a game my 4yo understands.” -Lee
“I like playing games with my daughter because the Eric carle game not only helps her to learn the days of the week, but also taking turns and following directions.” -Alison
And of course….
See other games mentioned here. What games does your family enjoy playing together?