These games are designed to help preschool age children learn basic preliteracy and pre-math skills essential for kindergarten success. The have been scientifically tested in the classroom and used by more than 5000 children in Head Start preschool classrooms in San Diego.

Click here to download a scientific study of the games effectiveness: Kinder Games Research.

General Skills

Games for Acquiring General Skills

Catch-A-Carrot: Learning to Use the Mouse

This teaches students how to use a computer mouse. The child helps the rabbit catch carrots on a windy day as they are blown across on the screen. If they catch all of the carrots within the allotted time they win the game.

Language Comprehension

This game enhances auditory language comprehension and attention. A cat reads a sentence describing a visual scene; immediately after three pictures are shown and the child must choose the one described by the cat. This game is particularly helpful to children for whom English is a second language.

Color and Shape

Games for Color and Shape Learning

Treasure Hunt / Color Recognition

Children learn to match individual colors, and then to match a sequence of colors. As the game progresses, memory and attention demands increase as the matching card is shown for less time. This game enhances color learning, sequencing, and short-term memory.

Fishing for Colors

This game reinforces color recognition and naming. A bucket with a speaker sits next to a fishing pole. The child matches letters to audio instructions they hear when they click on the bucket. For younger children, the game also helps attention development.

Maze / Shape Recognition

This game teaches children to recognize basic shapes such as squares, rectangles, triangles, circles, etc. Children match shapes to an audio instruction to open a door and explore a maze.

Numbers and Quantity

Games for Learning About Numbers and Quantity

Treasure Hunt / Number Recognition

Children match board numbers to visual and auditory instructions. This board game teaches number recognition from 1 to 20.

Maze / Quantity

This game teaches counting using 1 to 10 items, as well as the concepts of more and less. Children match visual quantities to audio instructions to open a door and explore a maze.

Roller Coaster / Quantity

This game teaches the relationship between quantities and numbers. Roller Coaster cars are presented with numbers printed on them. Children pair numbers with matching quantities. When they get it correct, a character in the car goes on a roller coaster ride.

Treasure Hunt / Number Sequence

Children match numbers to visual and auditory instructions. As the levels increase the sequence matching memory demands are greater. This game improves short-term memory as well teaches number recognition.

Alphabet Letters

Games for Learning the Alphabet Letters

Letter Recognition / Lower and Uppercase

Children are taught to recognize the letters of the alphabet by matching audio stimuli to the correct letter on the lily pad. The frog jumps to the letter chosen. A child must correctly identify all the letters at any given level without errors before moving on to the next level.

Fishing for Letters / Lower and Uppercase

This game teaches letter recognition. A bucket with a speaker sits next to a fishing pole. The child clicks on the bucket to hear a letter, and then moves the hook to catch the fish with the correct letter.

Word-Letter Sounds

Games for Discriminating Word-Letter Sounds

Phonemic Awareness

Children learn to distinguish English phonemes like /bah/ and /pah/. They hear the speaker say two sounds and choose if they are alike or different. The initial levels show the speaker's mouth while pronouncing the phonemes, so that children can imitate the mouth movements. As the game progresses, they go from seeing the speakers mouth while speaking the sounds, to conditions where the mouth is hidden.

Rhyming-End Word Sounds

In this game, a speaker says two words and children choose whether the ending sounds in the two words rhyme or not. Feedback helps the child learn to distinguish word pairs that rhyme.

Beginning Word Sounds

In this game a speaker says two words and children decide whether the beginning sounds of the two words are the same or different. Feedback helps the child learn to distinguish words that start with the same sounds.

Sight Word

Games for Sight Word Learning

Rescue Ranger / Sight Word Recognition

This is a matching game where the children learn to match the letters for a word within a sequence of letters on the board. As the game progresses, the stimuli are visible for shorter time periods. Words in the game are standard sight words used in kindergarten to help teach reading.

Roller Coaster / Sight Word Learning

Children are taught 20 simple sight words by matching words to pictures, text, and audio instructions. They start with matching the picture to text, and then matching text to text, then audio to text, until they are able to recognize the written word.

Fishing for Words

This game reinforces the concept of a word, and helps children learn to recognize simple words. Children follow audio instructions text to pictures.