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Category Archives: Games

Gross motor skills are defined by the mastery of large muscle movement (i.e legs and arms). Toddlers between 12 to 18 months should be able to walk, walk backwards, crawl up stairs with support, throw a ball overhand, kick a ball with support, roll a ball with hands, imitate more complex motor skills (lifting objects), and Continue Reading

Games for Children

Game #1-Dress the Mummy Required: Rolls of toilet paper Players:   Small to large groups Set up teams with 2-4 players on each team. One child on each team will be the “mummy” and each team will be given 2 rolls of toilet paper. They will have 5 minutes to complete the game. The team players Continue Reading

A to Z Toddler Activities-Part 1

Keeping it light for the Christmas season, here are some activities for teachers to try out with toddlers. These are activity ideas for toddlers from A to Z. Remember, toddlers learns through play. Play is a way to explore the environment and gain some kind of knowledge, whether it is social, physical, emotional, or intellectual. Continue Reading

These are easy games for children to increase their dexterity, sharpness, coordination with their body movement with objects: a.  Rolling  – Rolling objects at different speeds – Rolling objects with accuracy – Keeping eyes on the target – Maintaining rhythm and continuous movement of rolling Activity:  Bowling Chair– Use a chair and roll the ball Continue Reading

Relay Race Games for Children

Relay Games a. Bounce-A-Ball Relay — This activity improves coordination and exercise.   Two-teams are selected with 5 on each team.  A large ball like a beach ball is used that can bounce.   At the start of “go,” each child will bounce the ball, catch it and is allowed to take a few steps but Continue Reading

Indoor Games for Rainy Days

Indoor Golf — This activity improves throwing accuracy and hand/eye coordination.  Golf usually has 18 holes but use 9
holes for this activity. Create around the classroom golf holes like hole #1-garbage can, hole #2-tile on the floor, hole #3-desk, etc.  Teacher creates the areas.  Each child is
paired up.  Use beanbags and have the child stand about 2 feet away from the holes. Use masking tape as marker to stand on to toss beanbags.  Count the tosses by each pair for each
hole.  Other pairs go next until the pairs are done to see who has the lowest score to win the golf tournament.

Paper Plate Disk Toss — This activity promotes group cooperation, competition and
hand/eye coordination.  Each child has paper plate and they put their name on it.  The class forms a circle with a garbage can placed in the middle.  The child at the sound of “go,”
tosses the paper plate into the garbage can.  If the child misses, the child goes and gets his named paper plate until all the names are in the garbage can.

What A Drag — This activity promotes cooperation, develops strength and endurance.
 Using 2 old bed sheets, a child is selected to lay on the sheet (usually the smallest one).  There are 2 groups selected.  Each group holds on the sheet but does not lift it up.
 Use a large area with no obstacles in the way. The teacher says “go” and the groups drag the sheets around the room.  A gym floor would be excellent for this activity.  The children
have fun and not go fast.  It is the overall experience.

Blanketball — This activity also promotes group cooperation and just enjoying the
activity.  Two sheets are used.  A sheet is held by one group and lined up next to the first sheet of players is a second sheet of players.  A nerf ball is placed on one sheet and when
the teacher says “go,” the ball is rolled or shaken to go on the second sheet.  It is like volleyball as the ball goes back and forth sheet to sheet.

Group Juggling — This activity promotes group cooperation, improves hand/eye coordination and throwing accuracy.  The class stands in a circle. Several (about 5 or 6) nerf balls and soft balls are randomly
handed out to the children.  The children at “go” toss the balls to other children at the same time as if juggling.

Great Shoe Strip — This activity improves group cooperation, 


Repeat the Rhythm

Tap out a simple rhythm and have the children repeat it back to you.  Alternatively, you can clap the rhythm or use musical

Young children learn through their 5 senses; therefore, providing hands-on experience allows children to touch, see,
smell, taste, and hear become important.    Many of us have a hard time developing materials.  
Teachers in Pre-school and Pre-K often teach centering on themes.   Teachers need to think about those real objects and materials for the children
to explore.    Do we think about the ways children can use their 5 senses?  One way is to pick a theme
and then gather objects and materials.   Children must observe, handle, and explore from that theme.   Here
are a few ideas from this new workshop for teachers: 

See:  Draw the Other Half.  The child is given half a picture and must think and draw the other half like an apple or a chair.

Touch:  Texture
Touch.  Place a piece of silk, sandpaper, piece of wood, piece of paper, and others and have the children describe what they touch
like is it soft, hard, rough, etc.

Smell and Taste:  Describe the Taste and Smell:  

Show a picture of a number of food items
that include a wide variety of tastes such as jellybeans, lemons, pretzels, marshmallows, peanuts, raisins, chocolate, olives, sour apples, pickles, onions, melons, and let the children describe to
you how they taste.  Record words the children use like possible words: sour, sweet, tangy, spicy, salty, bitter, yucky, etc.  Add the words to your word wall and then find out which are the children’s favorite foods.



Repeat the Rhythm.  Tap out a
simple rhythm and have children repeat it back to you.  Alternatively, you can clap the rhythm or use musical instruments.

Hear:  From Arms Up Keep Moving CD (9183) check out “The Senses Song” found in www.welearnbydoing.com


Indoor Games

Children love to play games, imitate, participate with others, and just have a good time.   These games have the goals needed for the teacher to motivate the children to
use those muscles and exercise their bodies into a fun-based educational learning way through these designed games for use both outdoors and indoors.   Here are 3 fun

        Balloon Laugh:

        Procedure:  Throw the balloon up in the air. The child must keep the balloon up in the
air and laugh continuously. If the balloon hits the ground, the laughter stops!

        Variation:  Can use many children in groups with many balloons as everyone in the group
laughs until the balloon hits the ground for the group.

       Clap and Sing
Nursery Rhymes

        Procedure:  Let the children clap their hands and sing some of the choruses from the
nursery rhymes that they know like Mary Had A Little Lamb, Jack and Jill, and add other songs like Bingo, Old MacDonald Had a Farm, etc.

        Variation: Rhythms are most important in the children and so have the children clap out the
rhythm of the song without singing any of the words.


Math Games for Children Under 5

A few examples of fun educational math games for children under 5:

Ball Arithmetic-Using fingers to add and count like 2 + 1 = 3 and then the answer is given by bouncing the ball for the answer.

It Adds Up-By having a starting line for 2 children, the teacher shows a math flash card like 3+1, the children race to the other side of the
room to write the answer on the white board or chalk board. The first correct answer wins.

Shapes Around the Room-The teacher selects a child to find a shape in the room like find something that has a square or a circle.

Bean Bag Math-Using flash cards to add or subtract, the child answers by using a bean bag to give the answer by dropping the bean bag on the
correct number on the floor.

Measurement Activities-have children line-up left to right according to their height or according to the first letter of their
or with their birthdays or with their shoe size. The fun list goes on and on.

Remember, with infants and toddlers, it is important to create trusting relationships that allow children to be ready and willing to explore. Supporting math development looks different
to them. Be ready to join in on their curiosity and notice their interests, encourage exploration, and create play opportunities to highlight math concepts.