If you are looking for a fun, educational way to keep young children entertained on a rainy afternoon, you can’t go wrong with classic board games. Many classic games are simple enough for preschool-age children to easily master, and each game helps to teach your child some specific, very important things. And these games are sure to be a good time; that’s why they have been continually more popular for all of these years!
One great classic board game that kids love to play is Twister. It’s so much fun, in fact, that they don’t even notice that they are learning! In the process of playing this game, children are continually tested on four basic colors (red, yellow, blue, and green) as well as distinguishing their right side from their left side. It also helps with following directions, physical fitness and developing balance.
If you or your kids prefer cards, Uno is another game that is timeless, very fun, and educational game that you can easily teach a young child. Uno is a great way to teach your child to recognize numbers, and colors, and is a great exercise in matching. As your child gets a little older and better at the game, they will also learn to use strategy. Being able to formulate strategies is an important critical thinking skill and will be helpful in virtually every area of your child’s life, throughout their life!
While most 4-year-olds don’t have the capacity for the intensity and many rules of chess, they can certainly master the game of checkers. Checkers is great for manual dexterity as well as strategy. The Chinese checkers variation, played on a star-shaped board with marbles, teaches similar skills. You can often find boards that come with pieces for more than one game; I had all three of these games in a round tin when I was a child!
A set of traditional playing cards is a great learning too as well. War is a simple, traditional game that illustrates the concept of greater than and less than as related to numbers. Solitaire is also a game that preschool age kids are capable of learning. The dexterity needed for placing cards may or may not be present in your child, so you may have to help with that aspect of the game, but they should be able to master putting the cards in numerical order. The game will also teach them about patterns!
Many other classic games are either kid-friendly or, with a few creative adaptations and left out rules, can be played with kids as well. Look through your games and consider your child’s skill level. Chances are, you already own a bunch of games your preschooler can play, regardless of what the box has to say about recommended ages!