I’ve started building up our stock of educational games. I’m trying to make it part of our routine to play a game together as a family after dinner. Games are a great way to learn and reinforce concepts in a fun way. When Pumpkin 1 is in a funk and doesn’t want to do any school activities, she’ll always agree to a game. They’re also great for social skills and teaching team work, taking turns and critical thinking. With Pumpkin 2 only 2.5 I’ve tried to find games he could join in too.
Snug as a Bug in a Rug: I think this one is the most loved one of them all. It’s made by Peaceable Kingdom and is a cooperative game rather than competitive. There’s different ways to play from simple to more challenging. It’s won a number of awards. Pumpkin 2 is able to play it quite easily. It teaches counting skills, colours and shapes. I’d say it’s great for about age 2/2.5 and up. It’s available at Mastermind Toys.
Hoot Owl Hoot: Pumpkin used her Christmas money to get this one. She likes owls. This game is also by Peaceable Kingdom. Pumpkin 2 requires some help with this. It’s more of a strategy game though they don’t have to quite get that to play. I’d say it’s better for age 3 or 4 and up though Pumpkin 2 can play with my help. It has also won awards. It’s a great team work game. It’s available at Mastermind Toys.
Feed the Woozle: This is also a Peaceable Kingdom game. This is Pumpkin 2’s favourite. It’s a great one for toddlers. It teaches counting and body awareness, motor skills and balance as well as taking turns and team work. The snacks are pretty silly which the kids love and there’s different challenge levels for each age group. Discovery Toys carries Feed the Woozle.
Jungle Jive: This one is great for developing core strength and balance. Balance is key for learning to write. It’s tricky for Pumpkin 2 but that doesn’t stop him from trying! Discovery Toys carries Jungle Jive.
Raccoon Rumpus: This one is a great toddler and preschooler game. It’s very simple to play. It’s a good introduction to games and taking turns. It teaches colours and you can discuss different jobs people have. It’s available from Discovery Toys.
Shelby’s Snack Shack: This is a really good one for counting and 1 to 1 correspondence. It’s also great for fine motor skills, the pincher grasp and finger strength. Both my kids are able to play it and enjoy it. I’d say it’s perfect for ages 2.5 and up as long a supervised due to the small pieces. It’s available here.
Memory Game: There are lots of memory games out there. I really like this one because it looks so nice and is great quality. It has a bunch of different cards so there’s many games in one. It took a bit of playing for my kids to figure out that they had to remember what they saw and for Pumpkin 2 to not try to turn everything over, but now they can play it nicely. Great for ages 2 and up. It’s called Memory Moves.
Bus Stop: This game is one I don’t get bored playing (that’s important too). It’s too advanced for Pumpkin 2, he just tries to drive the bus card over the board and messes everything up. But it’s perfect for 4 year olds. It teaches counting, dice number recognition, and simple addition and subtraction. My only negative is I think the buses would have been better if they had been done like a ten frame so children could see the amount of people in their bus without counting. We purchases our game from Amazon.