Playing card games and board games will help prepare your children for school. Card games use mathematical skills. “War” helps younger children learn about numbers and their values, “21” and “O’NO 99” give addition practice, “Phase 10” gives practice ordering and grouping numbers.
Board games often require reading, counting numbers on dice and spaces on the board. They also help to develop strategy and planning skills. “Rummikub”, played with numbered tiles, helps a child see number patterns and sequences.
Play with your child and look for ways to have them use their thinking skills. You’ll both have fun and they’ll be learning in the process.