Because playing is learning, and because families play an important role in supporting children to manage the transition to primary school, have a look at all the fun games that can help you child get ready for Kindergarten.
1- Card Games, like “Snap”, ”Memory” or “Go Fish”, children are using hand and finger muscles to hold the cards, as well as taking turns and matching
2- Legos & Blocks: Building together with Lego and blocks strengthens the muscles in children’s hands which help them when learning to write
3- Read stories: Listening is the foundation of reading. Let your child tell you the story even if they can’t read the words. Ask your child questions about the story
4- Sing nursery rhymes. This prepares them to make predictions when they read. It’s important for writing too: It helps children understand that words that share common sounds often share common letters. And rhyming is fun, it adds joy to the learning!
5- Play-Dough. Make your own play-dough and build a zoo! Play-dough is great to strengthen the muscles of little hands which will help to hold the pencil. Here’s how to make it!
6- Build a Parcours: climb steps, go through loops, walk on a beam. Success will bring confidence and equilibrium
7- Draw me… a sheep! With any drawing tool, on any surface! Take a sponge and draw on the walls! The higher the better to reinforce arms and upper muscles. Try drawing a circuit for cars with chalk on a path, write Mum and dad’s name with a stick on the sand.
8- Bake cookies or cook a pie with them. This will develop your child’s independency and motricity skills opening containers, mixing ingredients. Then share the pie among 4 people and learn about division. And enjoy the treat!
9- Dress up: Organise a costumed party to encourage your children to dress themselves and encourage their independence
10- Puzzles : to develop their problem-solving skills. Grouping and matching are foundational number skills
11- Play dice and counters. It helps develop numeracy and turn taking skills
12- Ball games are Excellent for gross motricity skills, eye-hand coordination! And make sure that you don’t let your child win all the time. It is a subtle way of teaching resilience!
Read more about Kids Club School readiness program here: https://www.kidsclubchildcare.com.au/our-curriculum/our-school-readiness-program/
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