Games that Entertain and Educate Your Child

Educational games are a great way to occupy children’s attention while allowing them to pick up some knowledge. Especially in the ages of 3 to 5, these are the best years to expose them to various interests and hobbies. Below are some games that can be played with your child to ignite some interests in various areas.

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  1. Counting and matching numbers (for toddlers)

Objective: to identify numbers by counting and tracing numbers

Benefits:

  • Practise mathematical skills
  • Learn language through numbers
  • Pick up cognitive skills

How to Play:

  • Prepare some cards with numbers on them and some cards with different numbers of objects.
  • Let your child hold a numeral card and spread the cards with objects on the floor.
  • Let your child match the numeral card he has to the card with the same number of objects.
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  1. Identifying and matching colours (for toddlers or preschoolers)

Objective: to teach your child to identify colours

Benefits:

  • Learn to identify colours
  • Recognise English alphabet and pre-phonics skills
  • Develop cognitive abilities and skills

How to Play:

  • Select a colour and let your child name and spell the colour out.
  • Get your child to select an item in the room that has the same colour.
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  1. Matching letters (for toddlers or preschoolers)

Objective: to teach your child to learn the alphabet and pre-phonics skills

Benefits:

  • Develop language through learning the alphabet and pre-phonic skills
  • Identify colours and common objects
  • Hone cognitive abilities and skills

How to Play:

  • Show cards with letters on them and teach your child how to pronounce them.
  • Ask your child to repeat after you.
  • Show a set of cards with graphics and the names of the graphics.
  • Let your child spell out the names of the items with the letters he has. 
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  1. Guess the fruit/animal (for toddlers or preschoolers)

Objective: to learn English through an everyday life setting

Benefits:

  • Develop English pre-phonics skills and basic vocabulary
  • Learn cognitive abilities and skills
  • Gain communication skills

How to Play:

  • Show your child a random card with a fruit or animal on it.
  • Let your child guess what it is and say the name out loud.
  • Give hints and encourage him!
  • Guide him to spell out the word.
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  1. Puzzle solving (for preschoolers)

Objective: to learn how to solve problems independently

Benefits:

  • Learn problem-solving
  • Cultivate creativity and solving ability
  • Develop independent thinking

How to Play:

  • Let your child solve the puzzle independently.
  • Time him and see how fast he can complete it.
  • Bonus: Compete with your child to see who can solve it more quickly.
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