Educational Games for Kindergarteners

A cat and a ball of yarn are best friends!!
A cat and a ball of yarn are best friends!! | Source

Learning Games for Kindergateners

Using Kindergartener Sense of Wonder and Curiosity to Educate

When educating a child, the most important thing to remember is that it has to be fun. The first encounters in a learning situation can make or break a child's desire to seek further knowledge.

Your kindergartner is naturally curious and wants to drink in as much of the world around him/her as possible. But it still vital to remain mindful of the importance reassurance and encouragement have when teaching children. Today you will find fun and Educational Games For Kindergartners that help them to learn and enjoy the excitement of a simple discovery. From alphabet games to dot-to-dot games, your kindergartner will gain knowledge while feeling as if he/she is having a playful day at your side. Let this enthusiasm fly!

4 Learning Games for Kindergartners

Games That Educate Young Children While They Play

  1. Alphabet Match Up
  2. Connect the Dots
  3. Drawing Me (learning the parts of the body)
  4. What Color is This?

Alphabet Matching Game Sheet [print out the 8½'' X 11'' page]

Match the first letter in each picture to the letter of the alphabet that is the same.
Match the first letter in each picture to the letter of the alphabet that is the same. | Source

Alphabet Match Up Game

How to Use the Alphabet Match Up Game Sheet→

On the Game page you will see the 26 alphabetical letters at the top in yellow. Below in the big blue section, you will find 26 pictures that each begin with one of the letters in the alphabet. There is only one letter per picture that is correct. (Example: A matches apple, B matches boy, C matches cat, etc.).

The object of the game is to strengthen letter recognition and familiarization as to how each letter should sound when spoken. The game is designed to promote interaction with your kindergartener by having him/her say the words that match the alphabet letter accordingly, and then finding the picture that starts with that chosen letter. There is one "caller" and as many "finders" as you have pages available.

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To begin play:

  1. Print out as many Alphabet Match up Game pages as you will need. (One per player, although sharing is always fun).
  2. Say each alphabet letter out-loud and in order with all of the players. This is to remind everyone how the alphabet goes. Repeat this at the end of the game, after all 26 letters and pictures have been matched up correctly, only this time say the letter then immediately follow with what the corresponding picture is called. (Example: say out loud, "A is for apple," "B is for dog," "C is for cat," and so on.)
  3. The first person is the "caller" and the second person (or people) is/are the "finder(s)".
  • The caller says a letter at random
  • The finder searches the pictures below to find a subject that begins with the same letter the caller has chosen, and shouts out that name. If the caller chooses the letter "P" then the finder looks until they see the picture of the pig. At which time they shout out "Pig!"

The game ends when all letters have been found to match a picture and the alphabet is said with that corresponding pictures name. Everybody wins!

Original Dot-to-Dot Games, [1 thru 10 and 1 thru 20]

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Answer the question at the top by completing the dot-to-dot game 1 to 20! Answer the question at the top by completing the dot-to-dot game 1 to 10!
Answer the question at the top by completing the dot-to-dot game 1 to 20!
Answer the question at the top by completing the dot-to-dot game 1 to 20! | Source
Answer the question at the top by completing the dot-to-dot game 1 to 10!
Answer the question at the top by completing the dot-to-dot game 1 to 10! | Source

Printable Connect the Dots Games

Everyone is familiar with a good old fashion game of Dot-to-Dot. This is an excellent educational game for your kindergartner. Not only will the child learn how to correctly order the number system, he/she is developing hand and eye coordination at the same time. The fact that they get a cute picture to color after playing the game, sweetens the process significantly!

How to Play Dot-to-Dot

  1. Print and hand out a dot-to-dot picture to each kindergartner.
  2. Have them read the question on their game page. (You will probably have to help them with reading the questions)
  3. To find the answer they must correctly follow the numbered dots until the answer appears.
  4. Have them color their page once the answer is clear.

Sequential counting, hand and eye coordination, and of course a little colorful artwork to complete the game all add up to one multitasking game worth playing. Make sure the kids sign their name to their work! You can post the finished games in a designated location (like a colorful wall just for artwork) so the kids can view the cool project they have made.

The easiest Game of all is the Drawing Me Game!
The easiest Game of all is the Drawing Me Game! | Source

Drawing Me Game

Are Kindergartners Old Enough to Learn About Body Parts?

By the time your child is heading to kindergarten, he/she is old enough to manage more complex learning. This is a great time to help them recognize the parts of their own body. Nothing too in-depth should be expected, so beginning with where and what the parts of the body are called is a wonderful step towards better understanding human anatomy later in life. This is a very simple game for your kindergartner to play. It teaches the parts of the human body by using a tall piece of paper (big enough to almost be life-size when done), drawing utensils, and imagination.

How to Play the "Drawing Me" Game

  1. On a tall and wide piece of paper have the child draw his/her own body; head, neck, arms, stomach, hips, legs and feet. Make sure they draw on clothing, eyes, nose, mouth, ears, glasses, and of course hair! You want this picture to be as close to life size as possible (depending on how much room you have to spare).
  2. Tape or pin the pictures to a wall where the kids can reach them.
  3. Select one member of the group to be the "pointer" (sometimes it's best to have the teacher or someone older be the pointer).
  4. This pointer will choose and point to one part of the body in the picture that the group will identify. But only after raising their hand!

Add Extra Fun to This Educational " Draw Me" Game

This game can be played everyday after the drawings are completed and displayed. Try pointing to those parts of the body that are connected to sensory elements on the body one day, and then those parts of the body we use to play football, the next. This will help children understand early on— to a small degree— what all of the different body parts are for and how they work together to get us through our day. Art and science all in one fun kindergarten project!

Any Bright Colorful Object (like crayons) Will Work!

Crayons are a great way to teach kindergartners about Primary, Secondary, and Tertiary colors! The compound color names are right on the label!
Crayons are a great way to teach kindergartners about Primary, Secondary, and Tertiary colors! The compound color names are right on the label! | Source

"What Color is This" Game

This game is the easiest of them all. You can use anything that you have on hand that has a variety of colors. Multicolored blocks, different colored fabric swatches, colored pick-up sticks, and even simple crayons. You will need something to put the colored items into, like a box or a basket, or a pillowcase from home. The rest is easy!

How to Play the "What Color is This" Game

  1. Place the colored objects in a box, basket, or pillowcase.
  2. Have each child pick one item from the box.
  3. Have the child tell you what color the item is.

(You can take it up a notch by using many different types of items, that are also different colors. When the kids pull the object from the box, they have to tell you the color and the name of the object!)

See, pretty simple! But, simply fun for your kindergartners!

Color Wheel [click to see full-sized]

Primary, Secondary, and Tertiary Color Wheel.
Primary, Secondary, and Tertiary Color Wheel. | Source

What are Primary, Secondary, and Tertiary Colors?

If you have ever wondered what the meaning of Primary, Secondary, and Tertiary colors are, then you have stopped at the right place. Here is a really short and easy to understand explanation of the three as they pertain to the color wheel.

What is a Primary color?

  • Sets of colors that can be combined to make a useful range of new colors.

What is a Secondary color?

  • These are made up by mixing two Primary colors in any given color space.

What is a Tertiary color?

  • These are colors made by mixing one or more Primary color with one or more Secondary color in any given color space.

See, really easy! Now that you have an idea what primary, secondary, and tertiary colors are, you can teach your kindergartener about the world of color from a scientific point of view as well as an artistic one! Now Go Have Some Fun!

Kindergartners Quarterly Reading Percentage t-Scores, by family characteristics

(click column header to sort results)
Family Characteristic  
Mean t-Score  
0-25%  
26-50%  
51-75%  
76-100%  
PARENT'S EDUCATION:
 
 
 
 
 
Less than high school education
43
52
26
16
6
High school diploma or equivalent
48
32
28
24
16
Some college, vocational / technical school
51
21
27
26
26
Bachelor's Degree or higher education
56
8
18
28
46
 
 
 
 
 
 
FAMILY TYPE:
 
 
 
 
 
Single Mother
47
36
29
21
14
Single Father
48
31
31
22
16
Two Parents
51
22
24
26
28
Information is derived from: NATIONAL CENTER FOR EDUCATION STATISTICS

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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

Outstanding hub and ideas for activities for learning, K9. A belated congrats for the selection of Hub of the Day-great choice I might add. (I wanted to be 'fashionably late and saunter over after the crowd dispersed, haha). Very happy for you-take care and keep doing the great job you are doing. Voted up and useful/interesting.


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K9keystrokes 4 years ago from Northern, California Author

Huge thanks to every one of you who stopped by to read the hub! I really appreciate that it has been chosen as a "Hub of the Day"...thank you HubPages! So many wonderful hubs to choose from, I feel quite fortunate.

HubHugs to all of you~


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TwilightDream 4 years ago from Chennai, India

WOW! A hub fully stuffed with wonderful ideas of educational games for kindergarteners. I like the idea 'What color is this?'. I was just googling in the net to find some educational games for my grandson. All these are very nice. Thanks for sharing. Congratulations for 'Hub of the Day'.


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sankari.nayagam 4 years ago

Very useful hub! My three year old daughter is very fond of alphabets and likes to play any games with alphabets. She used to identify the first letter of any word that we ask and I felt that I should develop her skill little more. Your interactive alphabet match-up game was a really good idea. Your other three ideas were also really good. But I feel that I can enjoy it more when my kid finds it more interesting. Will bookmark your hub and will come back again for reference when my kid is little grown up. A detailed hub and nice pictures! Well-deserved for the hub of the day award.

Voted up and useful!


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alissaroberts 4 years ago from Normandy, TN

Had to come back for a visit to say congrats! A well deserved Hub of the Day! :)


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vimier 4 years ago from Chicago, IL, United States

These are some great ideas! Wish this kind of stuff was around when I was in kindergarten. Oh, do I miss those days!


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John Sarkis 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

Hi K9keystrokes, this is a very insightful hub. Thanks for putting it together. Furthermore, congrats on winning Hubpages' "HOTD!"

Take it easy

John


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ohic32 4 years ago

The crayons and connect the dot drawings sent me back down memory lane the moment I saw them. Great hub. Voted up and congrats on your hub of the day.


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livingpah2004 4 years ago from USA

Very Informational and deserved to be Hub of the day. Congrats and Voted up!


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DzyMsLizzy 4 years ago from Oakley, CA

I had to jump in and read this based on your header artwork! Anything about kitties, and I'm in! Only after I got here did I notice the title of the article. LOL

You are right--learning should be fun, and it should remain fun, leading to lifelong learning. I feel a day I do not learn something is a day more or less wasted.

You've presented some great, fun learning games here. If I had it to do all over again, I'd homeschool my kids, and make sure they were not exposed to the public educational system, which more and more is about brainwashing our kids to fit everyone into the same mold of "obedient" citizens who won't complain too much when their civil rights are gradually stripped away.

Keep on learing, keep on teaching, and keep them THINKING for themselves! Even wrong answers show the imagination is still functional; spitting out all the "right" answers by rote means true learning has died.

Voted up, useful, interesting, and shared.


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theclevercat 4 years ago from Massachusetts

Wow, excellent work. The t-score table is really fascinating. Voted up and awesome!


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VirginiaLynne 4 years ago from United States

I have five children and spent many hours when they were pre-schoolers giving them these sorts of skills. I'm so glad to see some good ideas and resources being given to parents. Great Hub information and a terrific layout. I love the idea that parents can add to the education of their kids. I tell people we use the public school system AND home school! Now that mine are all in school, we continue this sort of home learning through teaching music, Mandarin, science and art.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina

Congrats on earning the Hub of the Day award with this comprehensive hub that includes educational and fun games for kindergarteners.

Voted up across the board except for funny.


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RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

A really helpful hub for parents and grandparents--excellent! Congrats on a well earned Hub of the Day award!


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im28beyond 4 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

I absolutely love the images. they're all cute


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

Congratulations on receiving a hub of the day award. We don't have any little ones but voting this up, useful and interesting and will share with my followers who just might know some who will enjoy these educational games. Good job!


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leahlefler 4 years ago from Western New York

This is excellent! I have one son in kindergarten and one son in pre-kindergarten. My kindergartener is becoming a fluent reader and would love to play these games with his younger brother. What a wonderful resource - thanks for putting the free printables together!


onlooker 4 years ago

India, o how I wish I had children to teach and play with at the same time. Thank you, for this useful and educational hub.


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vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

These are colorful and interesting ideas, and well presented too. Congratulations on HOTD!


kelleyward 4 years ago

I love this hub! Congrats for Hub of the Day!


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asmaiftikhar 4 years ago from Pakistan

a very very helpful hub for teachers and parents thanks for sharing.


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twilanelson 4 years ago from Carmichael, California

Fantastic Hub, just perfect for our family. Thank you!


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nifwlseirff 4 years ago from Villingen Schwenningen, Germany

Great games for kindergarten! My kids also loved the colour/shape fishing game (you need coloured cards with paperclips attached, and a strong-ish magnet attached to a 'fishing rod' with string.


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justateacher 4 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

Some great resources and ideas! Glad to see these!


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alissaroberts 4 years ago from Normandy, TN

These are all great games to play with kids. In fact my 3 yr old just saw the computer screen while I was reading your hub and said "I like that!" So you have his approval :) Job well done - voted up and useful!


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Doc Sonic 4 years ago from Cape Cod, Massachusetts

This is some great info. I was always astounded watching my kids grow up, and now watching my grandkids, at just how much children at that age can absorb, especially if it's fun. I wish I had even 10% of that learning power now!


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K9keystrokes 4 years ago from Northern, California Author

CC!! Really flattered that you found the work up to par. I hope your teacher friends have a blast using them. I sure appreciate your votes! Thank you for making it by today.

HubHugs~


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cclitgirl 4 years ago from Western NC

Wow! As a teacher I love this and I love your approach! Great educational info here. I'll have to print this out and give to the kindergarten teachers at school. Voted up and across.


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K9keystrokes 4 years ago from Northern, California Author

cara~ I hope your kids enjoy the dot-to-dot sheets! I am honored that you will be linking in, the hub you mention is among the links I have also!! If I am recalling correctly, that hub of yours is a hub of the day winner! Good stuff. Thank you for stoping by for a peek at the article.

HubHugs~


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cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan

Very thorough hub. I'm going to print out those dot to dot sheets for my two kiddos, they love those! Since this is about educational games, I'm going to link it to my hub about online educational games for kids if that's ok with you!

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