Kindergarteners learn best through play, so why not incorporate more games in class? Games are a fun and engaging way to build important kindergarten skills. You can use board games to help to reinforce academic skills while practicing critical social skills like taking turns and winning and losing as well as fine motor skills. Below you’ll find a list of my favorite, must-have games for kindergarten teachers to use in their classrooms. Teachers can use these games for kindergarten centers, morning work, small groups, and more!
In case you have administrators that are sticklers for “rigor” in kindergarten, I included standards you can use to support using these games during your center time. Your state may also have standards for social skills like taking turns and getting along with others that these games definitely support. Still if games are a no-no for centers, you can always use these during indoor recess or free time.
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The object of this game is to collect the most bones from Shelby’s Snack Shack. In this game, kids use tweezers shaped like Shelby, the pug, to transfer bones from the Snack Shack to your dog bowl. The player with the most bones at the end of the game wins. This is a simple, fun, and engaging game that students can play in small groups without an adult facilitator.
Students will need to identify numbers 1 – 5 and be able to do 1:1 correspondence to retrieve the correct number of bones while they practice taking turns and winning and losing.