Who says school year is boring? Here are 10 fun games for kindergarten and first grade
Those long summer days the kids love to spend making kids games out of Legos, building towers out of paper cups and cardboard and have the freedom to play or just run around the house. It’s all about time to get moving and letting go of those extra classroom tasks. Lots of activities give kids good thinking and self-esteem, as well as teach them good habits of problem solving. Some games can put teamwork and problem solving skills to the test, and can teach much more than how to build a suspension bridge out of Mason jars. Set a daily goal for the whole class, try something new, like a playtime marathon or a tough, continuous game. Make things as creative as possible, and stay active.
Math and reading counts this year. The school year is a perfect time to get the kids’ thinking sharpened on important subjects and to challenge them. This is the time to use the skills and experience that they are learning in the classroom to help figure out the answers. It’s also a perfect time to develop creative problem solving skills, get kids thinking about higher level concepts, and get them thinking about ways to organize their information.
Once you get the kids moved into the classrooms, say goodbye to crayons, paper and other typical school supplies. Get them excited to show off their new outfits, artwork and fresh threads. Let them know that you’ll definitely be keeping them in school dress, and that you’d love it if they each brought a gift to surprise you the first day of school.