Since my son turned 4 it has been like a switch turned on and he is all of a sudden bigger and wants to do more structured activities. I have compiled a list of the games that we play and what he benefits from each game…
This was his first card game and it helps him practice his numbers and teaches him how to group items and take turns.
It is a fun game where butterflies shoot out of the elephant’s trunk and you have to catch them in the butterfly nets. He loves this game and laughs the whole time! This game helps with hand-eye coordination and lets them get some energy out when you are stuck inside.
This game teaches taking turns and following instructions. It also teaches him that sometimes he might have to go backwards.
This game teaches numbers 1-100 and includes pictures of kids doing good things to go up the ladder and kids doing bad things to go backwards down the slide.
This is a counting game where you take the cherries off of the tree to win. During the game he practicing counting and taking turns.
He takes his fishing rod with a bobber on it and fishes in the yard. He practicing casting and reeling which are both good for practicing coordination and understanding that every time something different happens.
Any memory game is good to practice memory and paying attention.
These are the main games we play but we also do things like scavenger hunts in the yard, go on adventure walks where he collects nature items, and playing in tents and tunnels which builds his imagination.
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