January 25, 2023 | Emily Ford Sytsma
Young children learn so much through playing games. Playing math games help children to gain a more well-rounded understanding of math concepts. It also provides lots of practice while having fun.
Children learn self-regulation through game playing. Learning to wait your turn and following the rules are important lessons. Game playing can help lengthen a child’s attention span, build coping skills and promote resilience when things don’t go their way.
When children play board games, they learn to identify colors, count spaces and develop hand-eye coordination and dexterity in moving pieces around the board.
In addition to teaching them about teamwork, patience, and how to win and lose gracefully, board games can actually benefit kids’ brains and language development.
Outdoor games motivate children to move and practice control of their body and impulses while having fun. They also help children to come out of their shell and develop friendships.
We play games throughout the day, everyday. We play math games, memory games, senses games, and name games during activity time. We play “eye spy” and “would you rather” games during snack and lunch. We play Mr Fox, duck-duck-goose, red light green light, and monster game(tag) during parktime. We play lots of different board games, hucka bucka beanstalk, and musical chairs in the afternoon. We play Simon says and “follow the leader” if we are waiting in line. We even play “in the pot” game during dismissal. So many games all day!
We are having so much fun everyday!
Playing games is an important part of learning in Trees Class.
(This post is written by Ms. Hwa Young Gluckow, our afternoon Trees Class Lead Teacher.)