There are many fun games for young children that will make sleepovers or other events with lots of children less stressful. The main purpose of these games is to have fun, relax, and ease the stress of a new environment. Playing games is a fantastic way to get children communicating and getting to know one another without any pressure. Below are some amazingly easy games for young children.
A fun and easy game that does not involve any materials is to sing a song that includes the child’s name and something they brought with them or wore. It is best to sit in a circle and go around and sing about each child. An example of the song: Jason brought his dinosaur, his dinosaur, his dinosaur, Jason brought his dinosaur so early in the morning!
Children love making noise and love animals. A great way to get children interacting is to have the child name their favorite animal then make the sound that the animal makes or act like the animal if they not make a sound. After the child acts like the animal the other children can join in on the fun.
An “All About (child’s name)” booklet is a very fun activity and a perfect sentimental item for yourself and the other parents that will be treasured for many years to come. Each page should contain a space for the child to draw a picture and a simple sentence where the student can fill in the blank. Sample sentences: My favorite color is ___. I live with my ___. My favorite cartoon is ___. My favorite toy is ___. My pets name is ___. When the book is complete the children talk about their favorite page in the book, or talk about the entire book.
Another exciting and easy game is to have the children sit in a circle and pass a ball around clockwise. When a child is holding the ball they must say their name, this should be completed twice. Turn on some and then keep passing the ball around, this time they do not say their name each time they have the ball. When the music stops the other children have to call out the name of the child holding the ball.
Literacy is very important and most young children love reading and having a story read to them. A great activity to promote reading is to have the children talk about what is their favorite book and why it is their favorite book.
Games are very important, they get everyone communicating and having fun in a very pressure-free atmosphere. They also increase a child’s confidence to talk to others. Be creative and most importantly, have fun!