Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Our Favorite Board Games

Our family has entered the stage of board games. We have family game night weekly and Connor thinks it's fun to have round after round of competition. We typically have to limit him to 6 rounds or he will go all night long. Because he is at an age where learning is still fun, I love playing games with him that teach him something without him knowing he is learning. Sneaky parent for the win. There are four games that we play over and over and I want to share those with you because while we might be playing game, we are also learning new skills, too! 

The Sneaky Snacky Squirrel Game
Your forest friends are hungry and they need your help! This award-winning preschool game develops matching and sorting skills, strategic thinking, hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills and pre-handwriting skills. Designed to teach matching, sorting, counting, and simple math skills, this game is perfect for little ones. Be the first to fill your log with delicious acorns and you win! You could also spin "pick an acorn," "steal an acorn," or "lose an acorn," so be strategic, little squirrel.

Shelby's Snack Shack Game
It's a number and counting bonanza. Shelby buried bones on the beach and needs your help collecting them. Help her collect the most bones and you win. Sounds simple, but be careful-spin a sneaky seagull and you'll lose some bones or get sidetracked chewing a flip flop and miss your turn. helps children build skills including: recognizing the numerals 1 to 5, counting,beginning addition and subtraction, pre-handwriting skills, social skills (such as taking turns and following directions), and simple strategic-thinking skills.

Friday's Fruit Fiesta Game
It's lunchtime in the rain forest and Frida is collecting letters for her little ones! Spin the letter spinners, search your nest card for a match, squeeze the matching alpha-fruit with the toucan squeezers, and place it in your nest. Find four alpha-fruits in a row first and you win, but look out for the lion -- he'll feast on your fruits! Fill your nest with four fruity letters first to win the game. This game helps teach the letters of the alphabet through play. Also helps develop strategic thinking and fine motor skills.

Frankie's Food Truck Fiasco Game
A shape-tastic recipe for fun! Business at Frankie's famous food truck is brisk! Customers just can't satisfy their craving for this cool cat's unique, shape-inspired menu. Kids take turns using the fun Frankie Squeezer to fill orders while they practice identifying geometric shapes, a beginning math skill, and develop fine motor skills. It's a simple recipe for fun, but watch out for greedy guests, slippery banana peels, and other hazards. The first to deliver a 5-course meal is the winner!

We first started playing these games when Connor received The Sneaky Snacky Squirrel Game for this 3rd birthday. I soon discovered how many other games are available with the same teachable lessons but with unique themes. While we play, Connor is learning letters, shapes, colors, numbers and fine motor skills thanks to the adorable squeezers. We love these games and you and your little ones will too! 

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