Through LINKing Leaders, half of my students figure out a game on their own (with only a teensy bit of teacher direction...) then teach it to a partner at their table. When I created this Math Workshop plan, I did it with first graders in mind. I was a little unsure of how kindergartners would do with it, but they do WONDERFULLY! I was so impressed with the critical thinking they can do when they figure out the game, and with the pride and care they take when teaching it to someone else.
We've now done this 3 times in my classroom, and each time it has been successful.
Whether or not you want to do the whole framework or not, I encourage you to consider letting your students figure out a game rather than you teaching it to them. They are immediately more engaged when they have to figure it out, and the critical thinking they can do is incredible. You may have heard me say this before, but if a 3 year-old can figure out how to use an iPad, then surely a 5 year-old can figure out how to play a game with cards and dice!