Stepping Stones

Evening all. I’m popping off social media for a couple of weeks for our Easter hols. However I thought I would put this game up onto the blog before I go. Also if you subscribe to follow my blog you might get a little cheeky ‘bonus’ blog post with an Easter game while I am away! 😉 Just pop your email on the box on my homepage.

This is a great game for siblings if you have one pre-schooler and one at school, but can be adapted so many different ways it could be for everyone. It’s really simple. So how do we play?

You only need a dice, 6 cushions and then whatever you wish to ‘teach’ – letters or numbers or words or colours. These can be in toy form, foam form, written on bits of paper, magnetic, wooden. Anything you got! I wanted Florence to practise her number recognition and Ewan to practise his tricky words from school when we played.

How to play:

  1. Plonk the cushions out in a line. Pop the items along the edge. I had numbers 1-6 and 6 tricky words.
  2. When they spot it (Golden Rule) explain they need to take it in turns to roll the dice and then jump along the cushion stepping stones.
  3. When they land on whichever number cushion matches the dots on the dice, they ‘win’ that number or word or letter or colour. They pop it in their pile.
  4. Keep taking it in turns until someone has collected all six of their items and has ‘won’
  5. Play until everyone has completed their pile.

Now you could let a toddling baby have a ‘turn’ by letting them have a go at rolling the dice and just shouting 1, 2, 3, 4…as they run/jump/roll over the cushions. You could play Mummy/Daddy vs. your kiddo. You could have a sibling who is much older practising spellings or times tables. Just put the sum out without its answer on a bit of paper, or spelling words with letters missing they need to fill in to ‘get’ it. You can basically play this game with whomever and whatever you want. It’s hugely versatile. My lovely friend Gemma (@mymummybakes) played it with her three children who are 2, 4 and 6.

So that’s it. Back to basics. One super simple game to try at home. Let me know if you do! And have a smashing Easter Break. See you on the other side if I haven’t succumbed to death by Cadbury’s creme eggs! Mmmmm…..

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