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Kid games to play - five year olds

On this page you'll find reader suggestions of kid games to play with five year olds!

At five years of age, your child begins to leave behind young childhood and head into new territories.

The world is becoming a really exciting place - but there's still a long way to go...

So more exploration - and fun! - is a must.

Expanding your child's horizons at this age is a joy - even more so through play.

There are all sorts of interesting kid games to play with your five year old - a delicious mixture of

* the creative
* the imaginative...
* ...and the experimental!

Your ideas for kid games to play with 5 year olds:

Car animal game
This is a game we play in the car. I have 2 boys ages 5 & 6 who love animals. We call this game the Animal Game.

The person with the next birthday goes first. That person then gives 3 clues to an animal and the others guess what kind.

At first we did easy animals but now that my boys are learning more they are specific on what kind of animal. Its fun to try to stump each other!
Allie, United States

The shopping game
The shopping game is great, it can be played with just two people or many more. All you have to do is say i went to the shops and bought a ... then the next person has to remember what each person bought and then add another thing.

It can get very funny when you have a few items to remember.
Charlotte, United Kingdom

Trampoline memory game
Get on the trampoline and each person does a trick.

For example: Abby and Lacey and Brooke get on the tramp. Then Brooke does a trick and then Abby does that trick of Brooke's and her own and you see how far they can go.

Name Game
A game I play with my 5 year old son and my 4 year old daughter is that we play the Name Game. We decide if it is going to be boy's names or girl's names and then, taking turns, we go through the alphabet saying a name that begins with that letter. It is terrific for car trips and keeps their minds active.
Ali, United States

Freeze dance
Turn on their favorite song and start dancing. When the music stops you have to freeze and don't move. Then turn the music back on and begin dancing again. Switch up the songs for different types of dancing.
Bree, Canada

Catch me if you can
I play a game with the kids when I babysit called Catch Me If You Can. I tell them that the couches and their beds are a safe zone, and you can't be tagged there.

One person is appointed the tagger, and tries to catch everyone else. If you are tagged, then you must hold hands with the tagger, and you are now another tagger!

You have to try and get everyone out. You can add a twist to it by only allowing a certain amount of steps or a time limit.
Heidi, United States

Practise with sign language
Use sign language of the deaf community to teach vocabulary in any language teaching programme. Sign language is very visual and intuitive and children grasp the signs and copy them instantly. It is not necessary to be an expert on sign language, it is enough to have a good illustrated book for children where the most elementary and intuitive signs are shown.
Eugenio, Spain

Shoe match-up
Hide separated pairs of shoes around the house or room. Send the kids off to find the shoes and match them up. You can do the same thing with socks or mittens.
Ann, UK

Teaching directions game
When teaching them directions draw a maze in chalk on the driveway and then blindfold them and give them directions to get through the maze. You can also reverse the situation so that they have to provide you with directions.
Donna, United States

Story telling
When I read a book to my 5 years old son sometimes I propose to him to actively participate by "reading" the picture. He describes what he sees instead of listening passively to the story. I then ask him to tell me what he thinks will happen in the story before reading the actual end of the story.
Maria, Greece

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