Monday, September 16, 2019

List: Ten games to reinforce learning with your first grader.

My baby girl just entered the first grade.
Yes, I'm crying.  Don't judge me.
To keep her brain stimulated during the Summer, we got creative with playtime.
I felt that it was important for her to reinforce the skills she learned before she lost them.
She was happy to play and we were just happy that she was practicing reading, writing, and math!

She could thank her playtime for the confidence displayed on her first day of school.
Equipped with her new Jasmine backpack, gigantic hair bow, and special dress, she skipped onto the bus.
Here's to another fabulous school year filled with knowledge, fun, and lots of laughs!

first day of school pictures

Ten games to enhance learning with your first grader.

1. Mail Man
With my daughter on one side of the house and me on the other, we pretend to deliver mail.
When one person takes the turn as the mailman, they also have to write and deliver a secret message.
This requires writing a message, reading a new message, and a whole lot of pretending.
This is by far my daughter's favorite game.  It's also mine because I can do it while cooking dinner!

2.  Restaurant
Using Mushy Face's Peppa Pig kitchen as the main prop, she will pretend to be a cook/waitress.
She's required to write down the order, sometimes cook it in a pattern, and man the cash register.
This requires writing, making patterns, and using math skills to add prices.

3.  I Spy Books
 One series of books that my baby girl  l o v e s  is I Spy.
Together we will hunt through pictures to find different items lost in a photo of a million things.
This requires reading the items and memory skills to find new ones.
These books make great gifts and come in different themes appropriate for unique occasions.

4.  Making Necklaces
First we take a trip to a craft store to buy inexpensive string and all different types of beads.
Then she's challenged to make different necklaces following the "recipe" that I lay out for her.
This requires math skills, following directions, and making patterns.
Mushy keeps asking to sell her necklaces online to get money for the ice cream man!  Anyone interested??

5.  School
My baby girl loves to take out her easel and pretend to be the teacher.
She will write out simple math problems, words with missing letters, or even mimic a calendar.
This requires math skills, reading skill, writing skills, and basically anything else you want!

6.  Cinderella
To play this game it's very important to dress up in a Cinderella costume.
Once in uniform, she'll pretend to do small chores by adding and subtracting different actions.
This requires math skills and following directions.
Bonus points for doing real chores!  Take 4 fork and 3 spoons out of the dishwasher to put away 7 utensils.

7.  Pet Store
The first step is to take out all of the stuffed and/or action figure animals in your room.
Then you put them on display, wait for a customer, and then sell away.  Don't forget to write a receipt!
This requires math skills, writing skills, and speech skills.
This game always ends with putting the animals to sleep in their "homes".  Hello, clean room!

8.  I'm Thinking Of...
This game we can play virtually anywhere because it's simply a guess game of you're choosing.
She can think of something that starts with a letter, ends with a letter, lives in a place, etc.
This requires spelling skills, science skills, and memory skills.
I love this game because you get what you make of it.  Well, until she thinks of made up words...

9.  Library
My one year old son and I will take a trip to my daughter's book shelf library.
There we will pick a special book and ask the librarian to read it to us.  Reading is fun with an audience!
This requires reading skills and learning patience with a baby that doesn't focus as your audience.

10.  Bakery
I'm constantly searching the internet for children friendly recipes and then buying the ingredients.
When we play bakery, Mushy Face has to read the simple recipe and make the item.
This requires reading skills and following directions. I get to see the bright smile on her face when we eat the finished product.  It's priceless!

What are your favorite games to enhance learning?


  1. Congrats on entering first grade! Guess you are not one of those mums and dads that celebrated their kids starting school with funny happy jumps in front of the sulking kids :)

    1. No, I’m not. I cry and pout and then cry some more!! I hate seeing my babies grow into big kids that need me less and less. See? I’m tearing up just typing this... sniff

    2. It is quite possible you will cry even more when she enters teenage years... but for totally different reasons LOL

    3. Teenage years??? I’m not prepared for that and can’t even think of it!

  2. Look at her, so bright and bold and ready to learn. You are a good mom.


    1. Aw thank you, that’s the best compliment

  3. Awe! I hope she has a successful year! These are all such great games for learning while having fun. My daughter always liked to play restaurant. She was a horrible waitress, but at least she was able to work on her math skills and time management, so that's got to count for something, right?

    My mother in law always (and to this day, even though my oldest is 20 and youngest 15) likes to play hidden treasure (I SPY) games online. She makes the girls sit with her and play a round or two every time they visit.

    1. I forgot about time management, that’s a great one. Now if there is a game to reinforce listening to your mommy the first time, I’ll be all set. :)

  4. lol judge you? I think we are long past that.

    She sure looked ready to go whether you wanted her to or not. Great ways to keep her skills going indeed. Trying to get a 1 year old to pay attention to a book sure tests patience.

    1. What are you trying to say, cat?! Lol

      Have you tried reading to your nephews yet?? If so, you may feel her pain as they lose focus at page 1.

    2. Yeah, they tend to want to focus on other things.

    3. Either they focus on other things or want to rip apart the book! lol


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