Fun Classroom Games Every Early Childhood Educator Should Know

Anyone working towards an early childhood education degree should learn a host of fun games to play in the classroom to keep the kids engaged and learning. Of course it's not always easy to find a game that will keep the kids' attention span for very long. Here are just a couple to help you out.

A fun game to play is alphabet pass. Have the children sit in a circle with you and start the game off by saying a word. The next person in the circle says a word that starts with the next letter in the alphabet. For example if you started with "bacon" the next person might say "cat." This game is a great way to help kids learn both alphabet and vocabulary. For more advanced children you may choose to limit your word choices to a specific category. Saying only names of places for example.

A neat spin on a childhood favorite. Try writing some simple questions in large letters on a single piece of paper per question and draw two parallel lines a fair distance from each other, this creates an imaginary river. Place the pieces of paper on the floor face up between the two lines creating stepping stones. The children have to get from one side of the river to the next by jumping on the stepping stones, but in order to jump onto a stepping stone they must first answer the question on that stepping stone. In order to prevent the kids from copying their neighbor's answers pretend that the stones "sink" after you've stepped off of them. This will require many more stepping stones for a whole class though.

Of course there are a number of classic children's games and board games that shouldn't be overlooked either. You don't need an advanced game just because you have the early childhood education degree.

Games like Simon Says, Red Light Green Light, and Hangman have been entertaining children and keeping their imaginations running for decades. Of course you're welcome to put an educational spin on it to keep the children's brains stimulated.

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