Educational and Safe Games for Kids

Parents love to watch their kids have fun while playing games may these be indoor or outdoor. Safety of kids during these games is the basic concern of parents. Besides having fun it is also essential to educate the kids and the best way to do this to indulge your kids in educational games for boys and girls alike.

Educational games for kids are only safe but not also developing the educational habits that help them in their preschool years. These educational games include both indoor and outdoor games and besides educating these also help to develop positive attitudes, moral values and social behaviors in your kids. Some of the most interesting and coolest educational games are listed below:

Letter Soup

You can teach alphabets to your preschool children by helping then spot the letters from a bowl containing a mix of letters. All you need is to print their names cut the letters and put them in a box. Now place the box in front of each kid and ask them to take out letters from his or her name. If the letter matches she can keep it otherwise throw it back in the box. You can repeat the process until the first kid completes his name. In this way your kids are going to learn their first and last names in a safe and entertaining game.

Matching

Matching game help children to build their memory and recognition skills. You can prepare many home made cards for this purpose by drawing letters or numbers small cards. You have to draw each number or letter on two different cards and mix them. Place these cards upside down in front of your kids and ask him to turn two cards at a time. If the pair matches he gets to keep them. If the pair doesn’t match next kid gets his turn. In the end, the kid with most number of cards wins. In this way kids can learn number and alphabets and memorize them.

Scrabble Junior

In his early years your kid might not have a big vocabulary in his early years but this is where ‘Junior Scrabble’ differs from normal scrabble. In this game some easy words are already printed on the board. Your kid needs to select the words as per the bricks he has and place them on the board. In this way the kids learn new words including their spellings and pronunciations. This helps them to start learning vocabulary and some early mathematics like adding and subtracting points.

Coloring

Coloring is the first thing that your baby is bound to enjoy in his early years. Parents can use this to teach their kids something new in a perfectly safe manner by asking them to color a new word or concept using bright colors. If you make learning a part of his coloring routine, your child is more likely to learn quickly and safely.

Three Fun Games For Kids

If you are a parent you know that keeping children with a lot of energy entertained can sometimes be a real challenge. And finding a happy medium between indoor and outdoor activities is an even bigger challenge.

If you are a kid reading this then you too are probably looking for some fun new games to play.

So let’s cover some games that might be new to you and that you might want to try.

FlingSock

There are a number of games that can be played with a FlingSock. Just what is a FlingSock? It is a Fun Gripper Bean Bag which is attached to a long tie dye nylon fabric tail which has a handle. There is also a smaller version called a Mini-FlingSock.

FlingSocks are easy to throw and easy to catch.

One game that can be played with the FlingSock is called “Drop The FlingSock”. In this game everyone gathers into a large circle and someone from the group is chosen as “it”. This person goes around the outside of the circle and tries to drop the FlingSock behind someone in the circle without being tagged. Once dropped he or she walks fast or races around the circle into that person’s position without being tagged. If not tagged then the other person becomes “it” and the game continues.

Other games that can be played with FlingSocks are: Fling-et, FlingSock or Beanbag Baseball, FlingSock or Beanbag Tag, Pass The FlingSock, Where’s The FlingSock, Jump The FlingStock and FlingSock and Beanbag Toss.

Bean Plates

This is an inexpensive game that is good to help your child learn multiplication. Simply get some small paper plates and some dried beans; pinto beans work well. For example use 3 paper plates and place 2 beans in one plate and 5 beans in the second plate. Then ask the child to place the number of beans that is 2 x 5 in the 3rd plate. This is a fun and visual way for a child to learn multiplication.

Whipped Cream Writing

This game is great for helping your child learn to write. Place a piece of wax paper on a play table and then spread whipped cream on the wax paper. Then let your children write their name, numbers or other words in the whipped cream. And with this game you don’t have to worry about them licking their fingers.

These are just three fun games that will not only entertain your children they will help them learn to interact and play with others plus have some good educational pluses as well. We’ll cover some more games in another article; so stay tuned.

Fun And Easy Halloween Party Ideas And Games For Kids

Throwing a party for the kids this October and looking for fun and easy Halloween party ideas? The best way to make your Halloween party a smashing success is to have great games and activities for them to do. Having a mix of cool Halloween crafts and spooky games will keep the kids busy and having a great time.

Halloween Crafts

Kids love Halloween not just for the candy, but for the chance to dress up in crazy costumes! So why not let them make their own spooky Halloween masks, hats and costumes?

For masks, all you need are some paper plates, a hole punch and string, and decorations like glitter, stickers, markers and other odds and ends. Pick up some hats, ponchos, shirts, boots and such from a thrift store, and let them decorate and assemble their own costumes. Fabric paint and glue make it easy for them to let their imaginations loose!

Another fun craft is, of course, pumpkin carving… but make it cleaner and safer by letting the kids decorate small, mini pumpkins with markers, glitter, stickers and more.

Finally, let them make their own Halloween loot bags. All you need are plain brown paper bags, and lots of things to decorate the bags with. Once they’ve decorated their bags, take them and fill them with candies, stickers, Halloween pencils and erasers, small toys, orange play dough and such. Then tie them with ribbon or taffeta, and present them to the kids when they’re leaving the party.

Halloween Games

Halloween party ideas mainly center around games. One of the easiest games is to stage a Halloween parade, and let the kids show off their costume creations!

Trick Or Treat is another fun game for kids. Cut up strips of paper, about twice as many strips as there are party guests. On half of the strips write ‘trick’, and include a trick… something like ‘stand on one foot’ or ‘cluck like a chicken’. On the other half write ‘treat’. Put all the strips in a hat or Halloween bag, and have the kids sit in a circle. Each child draws a strip from the hat. If they pull ‘trick’, they have to perform the trick for the group. If they pull ‘treat’, then they get to search for a treat, like a small candy or Halloween themed item. Hide the treats around the area.

Mummy Wrap Race is a fun Halloween party idea. Split the kids into small groups, and tell each group to nominate one child as the mummy. The object of the game is to be the first group to wrap their mummy using a whole role of toilet tissue.

There’s tons of fun and easy Halloween party ideas… you’re only limited by your imagination!