If you love playing board games with your kids, you’ll love this printable snakes and ladders game for preschool and kindergarten. Includes 2 different game boards that go up to 36 for quick and easy game play.
These 2 cute Snakes & Ladders game boards make learning numbers fun! There are so many ways to play, reinforcing a variety of math and reading skills. Here's how we do it:
2 out of every 3 games we play, we do it normally with a die. We use Shopkins as game pieces, but you could use anything, even a couple of different coins. You roll the die and move the number of spaces. If you land at the bottom of a ladder, you go up. If you land at the head of a snake, you go down. That's it.
Playing this way is great for number recognition, counting skills, taking turns, playing by the rules, being a good sport, and all the other things that game play teaches. It's awesome.
1 out of every 3 games we play is by my rules. My daughter doesn't like my rules, but she goes along so that we can play more her way.
To play my way, you will need a set of flashcards. I use the cards from our All About Reading Level One, and I pull out all the cards that she's learned so far. They are words like CAT and THE and TAG and DAD. Really easy stuff, but hard for someone who's having trouble with sounding out words and hasn't really developed that skill yet.
Write a small number in the bottom right corner of each card with a pencil. I write numbers 1 - 5 with way more 1s, 2s, and 3s than 4s and 5s.
Turn the stack of cards over, and each person picks the top card on her turn. Flip over the card, read the word, and move the number of spaces it says - if you get the word right. If you get the word wrong, you stay where you are.
That's it. The game is fun and engaging, and it is very quick. You can play a complete game from start to finish in under 5 minutes, perfect for the short attention spans of our youngest learners.
1. 2 different Snakes & Ladders game boards numbered 1-36
2. Snakes & Ladders directions for just for fun games and learning games.
What you'll need to enjoy this game:
- Card stock - You will need to print this game on cardstock so that the board will hold up to repeated play.
- Laminator (optional) - I laminated our game boards to make them more durable, but you don't have to. If you have a page protector, you could slide the game board into that to protect it.
- Game pieces - These could be coins, small toys, or game pieces from another game.
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