We have a lot of games. I like games. Kiddo LOVES games. New Kid, my toddler-almost-preschooler, always wants to do whatever his awesome big brother is doing. It’s not so easy to play the same game with your almost 7 year old and your almost 3 year old at the same time.
However, while the older kid is at school I encourage you to bring out those “older kid games” for your little one to play with. You might just be surprised at not only how occupied it keeps him, but how many skills he explores. (Note: affiliate links included below)
Here are a few example from our home:
Skippity: New Kid likes to sort the chips by color, place them on the squares (1 to 1 math skills), and stack them (fine motor).
Scrabble: He sorts them by letter and makes the alphabet (literacy).
Boggle: He loves to shake the box (sensory), place them in the squares (1 to 1, fine motor), and tell me the letters (literacy).
Rush Hour Jr.: Okay, let’s face it: it’s all about the cars., but New Kid loves to place the vehicles on the grid and drive them along the tracks, which takes more dexterity than you would expect. (P.S. Looking for a gift for a 4-6 year old kid? I always recommend this game. It’s the #1 recommendation on my games gift guide.)
So put on your toddler glasses and take a look in your games closet. You don’t have to follow the instructions in order to play a game. After all, aren’t rules meant to be broken?
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