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Hotter/ Colder

Age Range
3-9 yrs
Setup Time
Under a minute!
Setup Location
Indoor / Outdoor

At this stage in their development, rather than teaching information, it is more important to focus on teaching children thinking skills and structure their learning. This game puts the emphasis on encouraging other players, not competing against them, so preschoolers learn to help each other out in a fun setting.

The "Hotter/Colder" game gives children the ability to remember where they placed an object and lead other peers to locate the object. Patterns allow children to remember sequences and identify next part.
This is a great way to inform your child of concepts of near and far and also of relative terminologies and their inferences (cold, colder, coldest).


  1. Hide something in the play area or the backyard

  2. Guide your child with clues to proximity - say 'hot' when the child is getting closer to the object and say 'cold' if he drifts further away!

  3. It is even more fun if played with a bigger group of children!

Disclaimer: This presents an overview of child development. It is important to keep in mind that the time frames presented are averages and some children may achieve various developmental milestones earlier or later than the average but still be within the normal range of development. This information is presented to help parents understand, at a high level, what to expect from their child. Any questions/concerns you may have about your child’s development should be shared with your doctor.