This is a fun number recognition game for an adult to play with a child, or for two children. It is easy to learn and quick to play, and there's lots of opportunity for counting too.
When I was young I used to think that "board games" meant "bored games" - games to get out of the cupboard when you were feeling bored! Of course that's before we had 24 hour television and electronic gadgets and screens of every description to keep kids busy! Nevertheless board games are a great family activity or way for a group of kids to while away a long winter afternoon, and I thought it might be fun to include a few basic games here.
Grab a dice, turn the printer on and discover how good you are at curling - board game style! Kids will be playing against a partner and scoring points, so there is some adding practice involved too. Please note - we've taken liberties with the rules of curling! The game is for 2 players.
This is a fun Christmas strategy game for all the family. Who can deliver their presents and collect the most treats?
You will need: Game board Counters (1 per player) Die Treat cards Reindeer cards Present cards
Print out this Easter game, assemble a few bits and pieces to play, and have fun! Instructions are below. You can also use this printable to make a file folder game. Scroll down for our fun printable version.
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Here's a really simple Easter egg race game - a one-page board game to print and play with the kids this Easter. Find our colourful printable and simple instructions below.
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The more hands-on practice young children have with counting, the easier it becomes to visualize numbers and give meaning to them. This farmyard game makes early learning fun!
This game looks very complicated but once mastered is easy and fun to play. You can bring the excitement of the World Cup to any time of year.
Playing a game is a great way to learn how Leap Years work, and to practise some maths skills at the same time. Just put your counters on the "Start" stepping stone, then roll one dice. Work out whether you have landed on a leap year or a normal year.
The kids may not be able to take part in the real Winter Olympics, but they can have some fun with our Winter Olympics board games! Here's a slalom game which captures all the fun and excitement of the real event. Play with 2-4 players.
Here's a simple printable version of the classic children's board game, Snakes and Ladders. We have a pre-coloured version as well as a black and white printable for the kids to colour and decorate themselves.
This exciting board game is based on the speed skating event we enjoy during the Winter Olympics, which of course is fast and furious - and often looks dangerous! It can be played with 2-4 players.
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear is an ideal introduction to dice games for very young children. They can learn to count the dots on the die and begin to recognise the patterns on the die by looking for the matching pattern on the teddies.
Have fun this Thanksgiving with this simple board game! Print the board game (use borderless printer settings for the best results) then laminate or back onto card if you want to make the board stronger. Find some counters (buttons etc. will also do) and a die. To play the game:
The kids will love playing this fun Trick or Treat Board Game at Halloween! Print the game board onto some card (you can laminate the board and cards to make the game more durable).
This colourful, spooky trick or treat board game is perfect for keeping the kids busy while they wait to go trick or treating or as a fun Halloween party game! Print out the game board and game cards onto some card and print out the rules too.
Watch Your Step is a fun educational maths game which helps to teach your child simple number bonds. Each player will need two coloured counters. You will also need a die and a copy of the board below to play this game.