Is your son or daughter ready to learn to play early preschool games? Typical prerequisite skills include: an ability to take turns by waiting for one's turn and/or by passing objects back and forth, an ability to complete short play tasks such as completing a puzzle or ring stacker, and an ability to engage in parallel play for three to five minutes. Even then, some games can be more or less difficult to teach. Below is our top ten list of the best games to try first (#1 is the best). We composed the list based on 1) how frequently we have seen children continue to request the game after they've learned to play it (because it's naturally reinforcing), 2) how easy the game is to learn to play, and 3) what additional skills the game teaches besides turn taking. Check out the Lovaas Institute Review of each item in the Lovaas Store for more specific information on the advantages of each game (www.lovaas.com/store.php).
10. Hi Ho Cherry-O
9. Lucky Ducks
7. Original Memory Game
4. Hungry Hungry Hippos
3. Crocodile Dentist
2. Don't Break the Ice
1. Cranium Cariboo
Do you agree with the list and its order? Would you add any other games to the list? You can make comments on the Lovaas blog posting of Top 10 Early Preschool Games.
The names of all children in this newsletter have been changed in respect for family confidentiality.
Aladdin's Magic Carpet! Put the child on a towel or blanket and pull them across the floor.
Jump! Sing, "Jump" by Van Halen and jump when the song tells you to.
I'm Shocked! Fall completely over with surprise and shock that the child answered the question correctly.
Car Ride! Line your chairs up next to each other and go for a car ride. Put seat belts on. Check left and right for traffic, beep the horn, etc.
Monster Palm! Draw a monster on your palm. Use the other hand to hold the wrist of monster palm so it can't get you. However, we all know a monster palm is stronger. Elicit the child's help to get rid of monster palm.