Children are ready to learn basic math concepts even before they are ready for Kindergarten. Games such as Sequence for Kids are a fun way to help children learn these skills. It is for children ages 3 to 6 and requires two to four players.
The game comes with a game board, animals cards and four sets of chips. One player deals three animal cards to each player. When it’s your turn you place a chip on an animal pictures on the board that matches one of the animal cards in your hand. You then draw a new card from the pile. You can also choose to discard a card and pick a new one. The object of the game is to get four of your chips in a row on the board up and down, across or diagonally.
The game requires no reading, although there is some print on each card. Very basic math skills are needed, but could be developed throughout game play. Strategy is introduced with the Unicorn and Dragon cards. Ulysses the Unicorn allows you to place your chip on any space on the board. Dorothy the Dragon allows you to remove any chip from the board. Younger children will need some help with utilizing these strategic cards.
You can extend the materials in this game into other activities that can reinforce math and other skills. There are two cards for each animal which makes them perfect for matching and memory games. The chips can be used for counting and color sequencing.
This toy was provided to me by Imagine Toys for the purposes of this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.