- Learn to read and count
- Recognize colors
- Building social skills
Anyone can create his or her own board game…even a child. At least that’s what Kaylie Copenhagen did when she came up with The Ladybug Game. Today many educators incorporate activities and games into curriculums, but it’s unusual and refreshing to have an educational game from a child’s point of view. The inspiration for this came from Kaylie’s passion for ladybugs and other gardening insects. Like many other board games, the Ladybug Game is designed to help children read and count.
Playing the game is simple — the first ladybug to get across the finish line will win. However, before getting there, the player will face challenges that will test reading and counting skills along the way. Players must read the ladybug cards that include instructions to move ahead or back. They must also count the spaces by using addition or subtraction, which makes The Ladybug Game a great tool for teaching basic math skills.
Another added benefit to this game is its design — the letters and numbers in the card are big and bold, making them easier to read aloud. The use of color helps educators and parents use The Ladybug game to help children learn and recognize colors. Primary colors are used and repeated in the cards, pawns, and board. Even the ladybug names allude to colors, with names such as Ella Yellow and Olivia Orange. These repeated color patterns help to reinforce color knowledge.
Board game such as The Ladybug Game are also a great way for young children to develop social skills. Board games are notorious for their ability to bring people together. They can also be great conversations starters, opening up the space for laughter and encouraging healthy competition. Playing the Ladybug Game is great way to keep young children entertained while learning and developing important skills in the process of play.