By age five, most children are able to form complex sentences and understand jokes more easily. They may be able to read independently, play group sports, and are eager to share all that they are learning with others.
This series of engaging family board games, messy and colorful crafts, literacy and numeracy activities, and fun physical challenges will help strengthen their growing mental and physical abilities while improving their memory and attention spans.
1. Get Creative With Googly Eyes
Kids will love using googly eyes of various shapes and sizes to create their own unique animals and creatures, making for hours of fun craft time.
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2. Try a STEM Challenge
These 4th grade STEM challenges are a great opportunity to develop problem-solving skills.
3. Make Your Own Kinetic Sand
Your young learner will love getting their hands dirty with this glittery and vibrant kinetic sand. After choosing the colors and mixing the ingredients, they are ready for tons of fun creating beautiful 3D art.
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4. Play a Game of Brain Freeze
This cooperative board game is intended for 2-4 players and combines elements of Guess Who and Mastermind to create a unique game your five-year-old is sure to love. It's also a fun game for expanding attention spans and developing social skills.
5. Play a Game of Bubble Wrap Hopscotch
6. Have Fun with an Egg Decorating Craft
After collecting a variety of loose parts such as gems, straws, buttons in bright colors, or wooden shapes, your five-year-old is sure to have tons of fun decorating their egg pattern mat.
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7. Play a Classic Game of Scrabble Junior
Like the adult version, this junior version of Scrabble builds familiarity with the alphabet, allows for plenty of practice forming sentences, and develops reading, writing, and reasoning skills.
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8. Try a Creative Matching Game
What better way to develop basic math skills than with some cookie fun? This is a great, hands-on activity for learning about 2D shapes. It is also a wonderful way to develop analytical thinking skills as learners are challenged to match each shape with its proper cookie piece.
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9. Play an Alphabet Phonics Hunt Game
After placing each letter on an object in your house which begins with the corresponding letter sound, invite your preschooler to go on an exploratory phonics hunt. This is a terrific way to develop attention skills while strengthening spatial memory skills.
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10. Play an Activity-Based Game of Animal Charades
Designed with colorful animal art, this simple game of charades is a fun way to incorporate physical activity into your child's day while letting their imaginations run wild!
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11. Play An Age Appropriate Board Game
Monopoly Junior is an iconic and award-winning board game for good reason. Like the adult version, this junior version is ideal for 2-4 players and incorporates a kid-friendly game board with places such as the Zoo and Ice Cream Parlour. It's an engaging way to teach basic math skills such as counting, organizing, and spending their earnings.
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12. Play a Balancing Game
Five-year-olds will love walking on lines backward, straight, zig-zag or hopping. This simple outdoor game is also a great way to build motor coordination and balance skills while giving preschoolers a chance to come up with their own creative movements.
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13. Play a Classic Card Game
Old Maid is an engaging game with simple rules that is excellent for building social development skills such as sharing, taking turns, and cooperative play.
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14. Bubble Wrap Body Slam
After wrapping your kids in bubble wrap, have them use their bodies to create art against a wall covered with a canvas. This is also a perfect game for testing their physical development and developing color knowledge.
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15. Have Fun With a Verbal Intelligence Game
Why not combine the fun of a treasure hunt with sight words? Your preschooler is sure to love hunting for the sight words hidden inside their rice-filled sensory bag. A great extension activity is to have them spell, write and repeat each word as they find it.
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16. Play an Educational Online Game
National Geographic has a whole host of educational online games to choose from. This leaf identification game is a creative way to incorporate the natural world into your science education.
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17. Develop Reading and Writing Skills With Sight Words
Why not print out these core 100 sight words and practice creative ways to memorize them such as painting, looking for them in a book, or spelling them out with playdough? There's no better way to help your young learner develop the necessary reading and writing skills they will need for Kindergarten.
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18. Number Bonds to 10 Egg Game
19. Cutting Practice With a Princess Doll
Your young learner will get plenty of fine motor practice cutting and brushing this adorable doll's hair.
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20. Get Busy with a STEM Activity
This science investigation challenges learners to waterproof a boot. After coloring in the sheet, you can cover it with different materials and then spray each with water to discover which ones are actually waterproof.
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21. Make a Bubble Wrap Salt Dough Heart Craft
This creative craft combines a bubble wrap texture with salt dough to create a beautiful heart decoration, gift, or keepsake.
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22. Sharpen Math Skills with an Egg Carton Flower Game
This fun matching game requires young learners to solve a series of additional problems and then find the flowers with the matching answer.
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23. DIY Bucket Ball
This fun outdoor game requires only a few plastic buckets that can be played with beanballs or bouncy balls. Every time a player gets a ball into a bucket, they get to take that bucket away. The first player with no buckets wins the game.
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24. Learn About Color Mixing
This color mixing activity is an excellent way to learn about color theory and primary and secondary colors while giving learners an opportunity to create their own unique color mixtures.
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