Fun Games for Toddlers/Preschoolers

Fun Games for Toddlers/Preschoolers

I have a couple of different games that are tried and true in our family. We like to build in a game hour, 3 or 4 times a week.

The first game is called "Hide the Bunny" and you'll need a stuffed animal of some kind, and three or more players. This is geared specifically for age groups 18 months and above. One player will hide the bunny somewhere in the room while everyone else closes their eyes, and the other players have to search for it. Whoever finds it first gets to hide the bunny next. You wouldn't believe how much fun this is, even though it's a very basic game. My kids and I laugh so much from the expressions the kids have when they're looking for it. This really builds their observation skills.

The other game is called "The Hat Game" and all you need is a hat and a couple of players. This is appropriate for ages 2 and above. Each person takes a turn wearing the hat and whoever is wearing the hat has to sing a line of their favorite song. You can vary this by singing the same song or you can sing different songs. The object of the game is to see how fast you can actually play the game. So you grab the hat from the person, you think of a song and you sing it, and the other person grabs the hat and then they sing it. We created this game last year at the community pool and it was a lot of fun.

Another game for this age group is called "Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?" This is extremely useful when you have children who are frightened of bad characters. We created this game because my son was so frightened of The Three Little Pigs and the Big Bad Wolf, that we wanted him to work through his anxiety. You need the Three Little Pigs story, chairs, a blanket and 2 or more players. First, you get the players familiar with the Three Little Pigs story, and then you have them act it out by building a house out of chairs and a blanket. You and your child can take turns being either the pig or the wolf and it really helps them deal with the anxiety because for example if the parent is the wolf, when you get to the part in the story where the wolf goes down the chimney of the brick house and burns his bottom on the boiling water, you can really be funny about it and make them laugh and it really deflates their anxiety. It helped my son enormously!