We play many types of games here at Small Friends. We have the luxury of having a parent helper focusing his/her full attention on helping the kids to manage the play of the game. The essential part of this process is helping to manage turn taking, which is a huge part of why we play these games. It is by no means the only reason, as games help the children to experience and learn many important skills.
Some games we play will focus on a certain theme such as color matching. The children will practice lots of skills: language modeled by the adults, 1 to 1 correspondence, reasoning, identifying attributes (colors, shapes, sizes), taking turns, cooperation, and patience just to name a few.
The children are playing a game called “Go Away Monster” where they choose a piece from inside a bag. They match the corresponding piece that belongs in their bedroom . If they happen to choose a monster the child can throw the monster in the middle and say "Go away monster!!" They get a kick out of that for sure!
While playing games in the preschool setting our focus is mainly on turn taking, sequencing and agreement; the mathematical/critical thinking, language, literacy, social and emotional development naturally occur during the experience. We try to create an environment where everyone is working together to create a mutually satisfying experience just having some fun playing a game with friends!