Little ones love playing games and parents love for their kids to learn so why not combine both aspects? Children tend to learn faster when they’re not actually learning per se, they pick up on mathematical or vocabulary skills when learning is in the form of a fun activity or game. Learning and education do not have to be in a classroom or a confined study area, it can be made into something fun, interactive and imaginative. We at BrilliantTots got our thinking caps on and curated a bunch of DIY fun but educational games for your little ones, they’ll be having so much fun with it that they won’t even realize they’re actually learning.
The great thing about this game is that you do not need any fancy supplies or to print out any game cards, just grab a few LEGO’s or toys and some cups from your pantry and play.
- Paper Cups
- Toys or LEGO bricks
- Count out 10 cups
- Find 5 pairs of LEGO bricks. We chose a variety of different shapes, sizes, and colours
- Hide one LEGO brick under each cup
- Mix the cups
- The youngest player starts first and turns over 2 cups. If the bricks match, they keep the pair. If they do not, they say the brick colour and size out loud and turn the cups over
- The play continues to the right until all pairs have been found
Match The Shapes
Homemade puzzles are a great way to reuse toys and have a little fun at the same time. Your little ones will be learning so much from this game such as identifying 2D faces on 3D shapes, critical thinking and spatial awareness – being able to rotate the shapes to make them line up.
- Wooden Blocks
- Kraft Paper
- Black marker
- Lay the shapes down on the Kraft paper and start tracing them
- It’s best to trace with a pencil and then go back over it with a black marker
- Have your little ones match the wooden block to the shapes on the kraft paper
Grab a package of bright-coloured pom-poms and your muffin tin from the kitchen for this brain-busting math game for young children.
- Multipurpose Paper(or Printed number circles)
- Black marker
- Muffin tray
- Container or Bowl
- Cut 12 circles out of paper
- Write the number 1-12 on the circles
- Place one inside each muffin tray container
- Put the pom poms in the container or bowl
- Read and point to the number circles.
- Using the grabber, fill each muffin tin with the same number of pom-poms as the written number. The grabber will increase the games concentration and use of fine motor skills. If you do not have a grabber, encourage children to use their thumb and pointer finger to pick up each pom-pom individually.
- Count to check.
This alphabet game is great turn-taking game as well as a great way for little ones to learn the alphabets
- Coloured index cards
- White index cards
- Coloured dice or regular number dice
- Paint, glitter, stickers, etc.
- Make a set of alphabet cards and number cards. You can use coloured index cards
- If you are using coloured index cards make sure to make the letters on the different coloured cards. For example: “a” on a red card, “b” on a yellow card, “c” on a blue card, “d” on a green card. Repeat the pattern for the rest of the alphabet.
- Make the numbers on white cards.
- Have the kids help by tracing the numbers with squeeze paint, stickers, glitter, etc.
- Label one card “START” and another “FINISH”
- Make a few white cards with different instructions such as “Go back to start”, “Make a silly face” or “sing a song”.
- Lay the cards out with the alphabet in order. Mix the number and other instruction cards among the alphabet cards. If you want to go in numerical order consider counting down from 10. The first time we played we had the order 1-10 and then realized that there wouldn’t be enough cards to go forward.
- If your cards are colour-coded, use the coloured dice. Otherwise, use regular dice with numbers.
- Roll the dice and move the marker to the corresponding card. If you land on the alphabet card, trace the letter and say something that starts with that letter.
- If you land on a number card go forward that many spaces.
- If you land on an instruction card, follow the instructions.
- The first person to “Finish” wins.
- Random objects, which can be identified easily.
- A handkerchief for blindfolding.
- Take random objects such as books, pencils, toys, flowers, etc., and place them on a tray.
- Blindfold your child and ask him/her to touch, feel and say out the name of the object loudly, but in English.
- Ask the kid to also spell out the name of the object.
- Every correct spelling will fetch one point and the one who gets maximum points, in the end, will be the winner
This game is one of the most exciting English learning games for kindergarten.
- A large cardboard sheet
- Old kid’s magazines or books
- Divide the cardboard into two parts.
- On the left side ask your child to write all the letters of the alphabet vertically.
- Now ask your child to look for words that start will letter ‘A’ from an old children’s magazine.
- Tell him to start cutting the words and pasting them corresponding to the letter ‘A’ (5-10 words).
- Keep doing this for all the letters.
This is a great way of helping your kid understand and interpret the language. You may increase the difficulty level of the clues according to the age of the children playing the game. This is a great party game too.
- Some goodies to hide as treasure
- Slips of paper with clues written on them
- You can hide the goodies at various nooks and corners of the house.
- You can start by explaining the first hint to the kids.
- The children then have to guess the word from the second clue and follow the trail of hints to reach the treasure of goodies.