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Board games are a great way to bring your whole family together for bonding time, but they are also an awesome educational opportunity. On top of their individual benefits, board games help children to learn about taking turns and are a good chance to talk about losing gracefully. below I have listed my top 5 favorite board games for toddlers through Kindergarteners. Have fun!

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The Sneaky, Snacky, Squirrel Game

The Sneaky, Snacky, Squirrel Game is one of my personal favorites. The rules are simple, yet it encourages the early stages of strategic thinking, hand eye coordination, fine motor skills, and pre-handwriting skills!

 

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Memory

I remember playing Memory as a kid… see what I did there? Joking aside, memory does build observation, memory, and concentration skills. There are also dozens of versions, so choose your favorite theme and play!

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Twister is awesome for practicing color recognition and promoting body awareness in
kids. Even if you aren’t particularly limber, twister can be a lot of fun. Trust me, the more awkward you look in your poses, the more fun the kids will have!

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Hi Ho Cherry-O

Like twister, this game is an oldie, but a goodie.  Not only does it help teach color recognition and one-to-one correspondence, but it encourages fine motor development.

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Hoot Hoot Owl

Hoot Hoot Owl is a little different from the other games listed in that it is fully cooperative. Instead of working individually, players work together to achieve a shared goal. This game fosters simple strategy skills, problem solving, following directions, social development, and cooperation.

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