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Looking for games appropriate for preschool (4-5 year olds)

post #1 of 4
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Hi - our preschool is looking for parent volunteers to come in and play games with the kids.  They have so far played 'Garbage' and 'Uno.'  I don't know either of those.

 

Any thoughts?  There are 20 children in the class.

 

Thank you!

post #2 of 4

Are you supposed to play with all 20 at once, or do you break into smaller groups?

 

I've seen the following singing games played with about 8 kids, but they'd probably scale up for a well-behaved group of 20.  

 

You could try "Doggy, doggy where's your bone?"  or "Button you must wander."  

Google them for lyrics and notes.

 

A challenging one is to hide an object while someone closes there eyes.  Then sing a song, getting louder if the person gets closer and softer if the person is moving away from the hidden object.  

post #3 of 4
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Hi - I think based on the games that they have played they can break into groups.  There are 3- 4 teachers in the room with all 20, and 4 tables, so I can see where they could be in groups.  I just read the newsletter and they played a game that looked like an Easter egg hunt except trying to find plastic numbers around the classroom.  I like your variation though where kids can sing louder or softer.  Thanks!

post #4 of 4

I'm impressed that they are playing Uno--the box says "age 7 and up" although my son was playing it at 3.  It's a card game where you play a card that matches the color or number of the one on top.  Lots of fun and easy to learn.

 

Other good games for preschoolers, in my experience:

 

Candy Land, Chutes & Ladders, and other simple board games.

 

Memory or Concentration games where you choose two face-down cards to turn over and see if you got a pair.

 

Aquarius is a picture-matching card game.  My son and I helped develop the special preschooler rules.

 

Simon Says.

 

Musical Chairs.

 

On the Bank, In the River: Use a line along the floor, like the edge of the rug.  One side is the bank, and one is the river.  Everybody stand on the bank.  Leader says, "On the bank!' or "In the river!" and you have to hop to the correct side of the line.  (Alternate at first so they get into the habit, then say the same thing twice in a row sometimes.)  Whoever gets it wrong is out.  See who can keep going longest.

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