You'll like the quality of the art and feel of this sturdy board game that can be played in multiple ways—all of which challenge kids to use their listening and looking skills while also learning the rules of turn taking and the ups and downs gamesmanship. There are enough rounds so that kids can experience the fun of winning and inevitable alternative. There's no reading required but the games do play on matching, memory, color concepts, and listening. Cards can be used for Bingo style game, concentration, and sequencing. Develops a child's ability to see and hear differences as she finds not just a green dress, but a green dress with the purple bow. That kind of detail calls for more than chance, but is an important skill needed before reading. A good choice for 3-5.
Use this for language development as well as matching skills. A rich variety of games that can be adapted to your child.
Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2014. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.
One of the most age appropriate games for older toddlers and younger preschoolers. The game can be scaled down for the youngest players by using fewer sets of matching images. There are six categories: food, toys, clothing, things found outdoors, animals and colors/shapes. For each category there are large circles with clear photos of each image- these are called the "Seek Me" cards. You place those on the floor. Now you select from the matching "Find Me" cards. Ask your child to find the image on the find me card. You play until you have found all the matches. While this may seem very basic, it's just right for older toddlers and young preschoolers as a way of developing their vocabulary. You can add more categories for older players. Bravo to Mindware for making a game on target for this age group!
Age: Toddlers, Preschool. Award Year: 2014. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.
Imagine a game that combines aspects of Battleship (but you're looking for charms), Memory (you're supposed to remember where characters are located) and a wild card (pure guessing to win a charm). The actual set up of the game is quite clever. There is the Royal Prep Academy Building with lots of windows that are covered with moving shutters. One player puts on a plastic charm bracelet and has to try to collect charms by guessing where the other player has placed them behind the shutters. Much more fun to be Sofia the First and wear the bracelet than being the "hidder." The idea is that you take turns. We have a feeling that a lot of parents will end up playing hidder more often, although our 4 year old tester equally enjoyed being the hidder! Marked 3 & up, but will be enjoyed more by 4-6 crowd.
Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2013. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.
A matching game with a twist, or should we say with a log where skunks may hide! Players try to be the first to fill a bingo card. On your turn you spin and take as many playing cards as the spinner says. You put each card into the plastic log, through a narrow slot. As cards are added, cards come out the other end of the log. Player can place the expelled cards on their playing board. If the space with the matching animal is filled, the card can be taken by another player. But watch out! If a skunk card is pushed out of the log all the other cards go back into the playing pile. This is a matching game for preschoolers although playing each round can take quite a long time. 3 & up.
Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2013.
There are so many concentration style matching games and many of them have beautiful art work. This game is one of the winning choices. Bob Barber, an illustrator did this handsome set with pen, ink, watercolors, cut and torn paper and his computer. The result is a charming collection and each card is labeled with the names of the 36 animals. Though the animals are not realistically drawn they are easy to identify and good for developing language as well as matching skills.
Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2011.
Our testers really enjoyed this new version of the classic game featuring their favorites: Big Bird, Elmo, Abby Cadabby, etc. The colorful cards are made of sturdy, easy-to-pick up stock that will hold up to lots of rounds. Comes with 36 picture cards. As you start introducing this game to younger players, use half the pairs to begin. This kind of memory game builds readiness for matching and recall, skills needed when they start learning to read more abstract symbols like letters and words. Better to start with pictures.
Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2011. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.
Deal the cards and place on card in the Barnyard flipper. First player hits the flipper and that reveals half an animal. Players look at their cards. One player will have the other half of the animal and place it on the barn. Now, that player flips the card and reveals the next animal half. Play continues until one player uses up all of his cards. This can be played by 2-6 players. The name of the animal is printed on both halves for another form of matching. But this is a game that can be played by pre-readers and helps them see part whole relationships as well as learning to take turns. It's fast enough so that players get lots of chances to win a round. Testers liked the action of the card flipper, although sometimes the cards need a little straightening. 4 & up.
Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2010. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.
Age: Preschool. Award Year: 1999.
Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2002.
Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2000.
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