Playing games are extremely important to the development of young children. This is not just a time for children to have fun, but is a time of mental and physical development. Through games, young children interact with peers socially, perfect fine motor coordination and relieve stress. When playing games, children learn through fun and adventure.
Feel and Guess
Feel and Guess is a game that appeals to the young child's imagination. To prepare, first put some of the child's small toys into a bag. Next, blindfold the child. He will feel inside the bag and try to guess the correct toy. The child can also tell what characteristics he used to make the guess.
In Roller Balls, children will gather into a circle and place two hands on a parachute, lifting it up to waist level. Several balls with each child's name, are placed onto the parachute. The children move their hands up and down to make waves in the parachute. The children try to make the balls fall off of the parachute, while only keeping their ball on. The player with the final ball on the parachute wins.
The Shoe Game
Children sit in a circle and take off one shoe. The children close their eyes while an adult hides the shoes. Next, the children get up and search for another child's shoes to bring back to the circle. Once the owner of the shoe is determined, the child politely returns it. The two children are able to interact with a purpose using this activity.
Butterfly Relay Race
This is a lightly competitive relay that is fun for small participants. An adult tapes paper flowers on a wall. Then children are divided into two or three teams. Each teammate takes a turn to "fly" to a flower like a butterfly, touch it and "fly" back to the team. This is a nice culminating activity after visiting a flower garden, observing the habits of butterflies.
For Gone Fishing, you will need to hang up a sheet and put a few small prizes behind it. The child can "go fishing" using a yard stick with a string and paper clip attached to the end. The child throws the fishing line over the sheet. The adult tugs on the line a bit behind the sheet so that the child will think there is a "bite." When the child retrieves the fishing line, they are free to enjoy the surprise on the end.