Great games to play with your 4-5-year-old to help them with starting school


Your child is about to head off for their first day of school. It’s an exciting milestone, and there are plenty of things you can do to get them ready for their new start. From getting them used to organised physical activity and team work by playing easy cricket games, to role play scenarios that’ll help them become familiar with what to expect, here’s a bunch of fun you can have helping your child get ready for school.

  1. Physical games: Kids love running around and having fun, but when they get to school these games can become a little more structured, so it’s a good idea to get them ready for that with a few organised games. Gather family and friends together to play cricket games, for example. That way your child will not only get used to following the basic rules of a game, they’ll get an introduction to working in a team too. If you’d like to find out more about the benefits of playing easy cricket games, click here

  • Role play games: School is a whole new world for children, and the more you can

prepare them for what to expect, the easier it’ll be for them to settle in. Gather together some of their favourite soft toys and set up a school day scenario. Take turns being the teacher with your child and have fun role-playing different school settings and situations.

  • Listening and speaking games: You can play games that subtly help prepare your child for the listening and speaking skills they are going to be developing at school. Encourage them to make up a story to support confident speaking and explore their creative mind. Then, you tell a story and ask them questions about it at the end to work on their listening skills.
  • Friendship games: There’s a good chance that your child will be amongst children they’ve never met before, and that’s a great opportunity for them to make new friends. Children do that pretty well instinctively, but you can help things along too. It’s back to the role-playing here – create pretend scenarios where you’re a child meeting your son or daughter for the first and use soft toys to model positive interactions.

That should give you plenty of inspiration for games that’ll help you to get your child ready to start school. The key thing to remember is to be enthusiastic and keep everything light hearted, that way they’ll really enjoy the games and get even more excited about starting. Have fun and look forward to watching your child blossom at school.

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  1. I love the idea of getting the kids ready for play at school! I wish they incorporated play deeper into a child’s education. All the way to college! I’m glad I found you through the A to Z Challenge.