This is a guest post about games preschoolers can play.
Games Preschoolers Can Play
Toddlers are adorable, but when they make that transition from toddler to preschooler, it is quick. Blink and you miss it. There is a lot of restless energy in them. They seem to be looking around them and seem to be asking, ‘Now what?’ all the time!
Quite a lot, actually! There are a whole lot of skills preschoolers need to get acquainted with that go well beyond crawling, stumbling and uttering incomprehensible words that sound delightful.
The kinds of games that we get them to play – they are still too young to respond to ‘teaching’ and learn through play – need to be focused on developing key skills: gross motor, problem solving, social and cognitive.
Kids games with easy-to-understand rules, rewards, and that involve repetitive actions are ideal for preschoolers. These games give kids the opportunity to practice problem solving and also develop their fine motor skills. Outside the digital space, kids can also practice building, stacking and seeing how things work.
Preschoolers grow open to playing with other children in their age group. Games for groups should be designed such that they learn to listen, practice self-control, take turns and share. Duck, Duck, Goose is one such game that is not just enjoyable but also teaches these skills.
Kids can also start to throw balls, jump on trampolines, mimic animal crawls. Swings, slides, balancing beams, climbing frames are all a source of fun and are beneficial for the development of gross motor skills, and will strengthen the kids physically.
Amazingly, pretend play, which kids can engage in naturally, is believed to enhance cognitive and emotional development. Preschoolers can try out different emotions, stretch their imagination, and practice new behaviors in a safe environment. Pretend play could involve a child pretending to be a teacher handling a classroom, being a super hero, or turning a simple toy into a fascinating object by attributing imaginary powers to it.
While it may seem like a preschooler’s life is all about fun and games, if the forms of play we choose have underlying learning benefits, the games will have a huge impact on their development on various levels.
George Schalter loves being a dad. He and his wife share the joys and responsibilities of bringing up their two children. As believers of good all round education, they spend a lot of time playing with their children and spending time outdoors. As George is the writer in the family, he blogs at Educational Kids Games.
Thanks George for this insightful post!
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