Preschool Learning Games - Play, Teach, Have Fun!

Preschool learning games teach kids so much more than letters and numbers (although there are tons of fun games that teach those.)

math games
alphabet games

Educational games for preschoolers teach important skills like turn taking, listening, team work, and motor skills.

More importantly, for your preschooler, these games are just PURE FUN!

I Spy
How to play:

  • Take turns with your preschooler(s) by spotting an object and then describing it..."I spy with my little eye something that is green"
  • Have the other person (or people) look around and guess what the first one spotted
  • Switch back and forth "spying" and guessing

What is learned / practiced:

  • How to take turns
  • How to describe objects- colors, shapes ("...something that is square"), size ("...something that is tall and skinny")
  • How to observe and notice surroundings


  • We love to play this preschool learning game in the car

Hop Scotch
How to play:
This preschool learning game is a VERY basic version for younger children. Older children can play the actual hopscotch game where a rock is thrown and numbers are skipped

  • Create the squares by drawing with chalk outside, using tape inside, or using sqaure foam mats (see picture)
  • The pattern should go 1 square, 2 squares, 1 square, etc. (or vice versa)
  • Label the squares with numbers 1-10 (or however high you'd like to go)
  • When your preschooler starts, let him jump or step from number to number. Help him count in order.
  • As your preschooler's jumping improves, encourage him to jump 2 feet together on one sqaure and feet apart with one foot on each of the 2 squares...together, apart, together, apart...
  • Once he has that down, try 1 foot on one square and 2 feet on 2 squares...1 foot, 2 feet, 1 foot, 2 feet...

What is learned / practiced:

  • Counting and math skills
  • Gross motor skills- jumping
  • Improving balance
  • How to follow directions

Balloon Hit
**Always supervise your children around balloons and long pieces of string**
How to play:

  • Attach a balloon to the ceiling with string or ribbon (I use those sticky hooks that easily come off to hang things from the ceiling)
  • Provide your preschooler with a bat or tennis racket
  • Have her hit the balloon

What is learned / practiced:

  • Concentration
  • Gross motor skills
  • Eye - hand coordination

Card Games
Preschool card games are a favorite with my kids

  • Go Fish
  • Old Maid
  • Uno
  • Slap Jack
  • War

Some helpful hints for playing cards with your preschooler:

  • Preschooler hands have a hard time holding cards fanned out like we do- either deal fewer cards to start the game and help him or have your preschooler lay her cards out in front of her
  • SIMPLIFY! Take out more complicated rules of the game. For example, my kids LOVE Uno, but we just play the colors, numbers, and wild cards. We ignore the "skip", "draw", and "reverse" cards.

What is learned / practiced:

  • How to take turns
  • Colors, numbers, matching skills
  • How to be a good sport when winning and losing (be sure to teach this and model this!)

I continually add preschool learning games and additional activities, so check back often!

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