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There are many times during the preschool day when children are required to transition from one activity to the next.  Sometimes transition times involve tidying or washing up, sometimes they require settling down or changing from busy movement activities to calmer activities like circle time. Young children enjoy having a predictable daily routine and can …

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Building healthy relationships, positive social behaviours and communication skills is an important part of a child’s social development. As with most skills acquired in early childhood, the most natural way to develop them is through play. There are many social benefits of play, and playing cooperative games can help develop important social skills such as: …

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Do you need some ideas for fun quiet games to play with preschoolers? These can be used to settle kids down in class, as a calming at-home activity, or even to occupy children on road trips. Some of these games can be played in complete silence, while others are calmer games that may have a …

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Playing games is a great way for children to learn and pick up new skills while having fun, both at home and at school. Here are 40 of the best games for kids in preschool and kindergarten. Older kids will also enjoy some of these favourite childhood games with simple rules. 1. Simon Says Simon …

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Stuck in the Mud is a classic children’s chasing game usually played outside or in a large indoor playing area.  Here are the rules of this simple game as well as some variations, educational benefits of the game, and some similar games. How to Play Stuck in the Mud Number of players:  Stuck in the …

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Build social skills, vocabulary, thinking, and gross and fine motor skills with these 20 awesome animal games for preschool kids.  Whether you’re just looking for some fun or you need some animal-themed games for your preschool unit, there’s something here for everyone. 1. Duck, Duck, Goose Duck, Duck, Goose is a classic circle game where …

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Playing category games with young children can be lots of fun and can develop vocabulary, memory and many other skills. Here are over 100 ideas for categories for kids’ games. I have grouped them into similar topics so you can pick a category as broad or specific as you’d like.  You may want to choose …

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Playing category games with young children is a great way to extend their vocabulary and develop listening skills, concentration, memory and even cognitive skills such as finding common relations, grouping, sorting and classifying. Children around four or five can start playing simple versions of these games with easy categories like animals or fruits. Older children …

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The Musical Chairs game is an interactive and enjoyable game often played at birthday parties. It’s also great for any setting where you have a group of children, such as a class or group of friends on a playdate. Find out how to play this awesome group game, why it’s actually educational, and discover some …

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Button, Button, Who’s Got the Button is a fun game to add to your collection of go-to carpet games. This game is also sometimes referred to as “Hide the Button,” “Button Button” or “The Button Game.” What is the Object of the Game? The object of Button Button is to discover who is holding the …

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Blind Man’s Bluff is a popular kids’ game that goes far back. It is actually called Blind Man’s Buff, but somewhere along the line, the word “buff” was replaced with “bluff” and now many call it the Blind Man’s Bluff game. Here are the rules of the game and the benefits of playing it, some …

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The Follow the Leader Game is one of those traditional games that gets played by generation after generation. It’s popular with toddlers, preschoolers and even primary/elementary school kids. It is such a simple game, but, like many other basic early childhood games, it is packed with learning opportunities.  How Do You Play the Follow the …

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