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Telling Time Game

Your first grader will love telling time while playing this fun game of tag! Ask Captain Midnight for the time, but watch out when his watch says "midnight"!

Reverse Tag

This variation on an old game involves counting, moderate- to vigorous-intensity physical activity, and practice with running and dodging.

Jump Rope The Days of the Week!

Here are two fun, rhythmic jump rope chants to help your first grader learn the days of the week, practice reading skills, and stay fit!

Wolfie Wolf! An Outdoor Math Game

Support your first grader's counting and reading skills while laughing and running in this fun playground game.

Verbs Relay Race!

Help your first grade reader understand verbs by doing them in this boisterous playground relay race.

Exercise...with Dice!

Run, jump, and skip your way to physical fitness as your exercise with dice! It's a perfect party or family game.

Exercise the Alphabet Outside

Kindergarteners are expected to master the alphabet. Get your child outside and exercising with this fun, move and shake alphabet game.

Patterns Game

This circle game practices patterning and flexes your child's memory.

Balloon Olympics

The next time your kids are pent up inside because of bad weather, try hosting a Balloon Olympics!

Play Builders and Bulldozers

Help your child stay physically and mentally active with this group aerobic fitness game that's good for the heart and mind alike.

Play the Game: Itsy Bitsy May I?

Like "Mother, May I?", this following directions tag game focuses on gross motor skills, but to the theme Itsy Bitsy Spider. Fun indoors or outside!

Build Writing Muscles with a Water Relay

Does your child have trouble holding a pencil? Is writing an excruciating task? The key is to build up those hand muscles! This water relay race can help.

Bean Bag Challenges

These bean bag games are a fun and inexpensive way to keep your first grader learning! Work on social skills, coordination, math, or even spelling!

Play Alphabet Tag

Kids get in lots of letter learning as they play this fun twist on regular tag, which engages their minds as well as their bodies.

Play Patterns on the Move

This copying game is like a hopped up version of Simon Says, but it lets kids use their bodies to practice patterning, a key skill in early math.

Play Animal Musical Chairs

In this variation on musical chairs, no one gets kicked "out" of the game -- instead, they get to tell other kids what to do!

Mother, May I?

This variation on the classic group game "Mother, May I?" can be played with one or more child and involves continual participation.

Play Twist 'N Turn!

Here's Twist 'N Turn: let your preschooler or pre-kindergartener be outside and active while learning about shapes, colors, directions, and word recognition.

Number Leap Frog

In this leap frog activity, your child will use her muscles to jump over her friends and onto lily pads as she practices number recognition.

Tightrope Walking

With this "tightrope" game, your child will practice balancing skills and gain experience with the directions forward, backward, and sideways.

Picture This! An Outdoor Game

This outdoor game will help your child practice observational skills and visual identification while working in some exercise, too!

Run Around the Numbers

Play Number Dash with your preschooler and help him learn to identify numbers, write numbers and learn about organized play.

Beanbag Game

Use old coffee cans and socks to make a beanbag toss game for kids in preschool and kindergarten. This activity is great for math and coordination.

Beach Ball Volleyball

Make your own volleyball net! This beach ball game is a great activity for kids of all ages to develop coordination and teamwork.

Play Animal Exercises

Preschoolers need to practice hopping, skipping, and other "gross motor" skills. Why not make it fun by challenging them to move like their favorite animals?

Go on an Alphabet Photo Shoot

As your child plays photographer, snapping pictures around the yard, he'll also be practicing recognizing letter sounds, which will help him learn to read.

Red Rover, Green Rover

Bring the classic game of "Red Rover" up to date with color and shape recognition skills for your child.

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