Posts Tagged 'games'

Alphabet Game: Memory and Go Fish

Alphabet Flash Cards can be used in different ways!  Hope you had fun with last week’s Battle game! Oh! I forgot to tell you that for your older kids who are into cursive, its great fun to mix a deck of upper and lower case printed alphabet cards with a deck of upper and lower case cursive cards together to play Battle with!  More cards, more fun! (if you don’t have cursive cards to play with check out my decks of printed and cursive playing cards!)

Here are 2 more fun ways to use a deck of upper and lower case cards (either print or cursive).

Memory:  Lay out the decks face down in rows.  Take turns turning up 4 cards to see if they match.  If two of the cards are the same letter, the person keeps that pair and has another turn  turning up another 4 cards.  No match? Its the next person’s turn.  The game ends when all the cards are gone. The person with the most matches wins! If there are too many cards, decrease the number just making sure there are pairs of cards.

Go Fish:  The dealer passes out 7 cards to each person.  Then lays down the remaining deck on the table.  Each person places the 7 cards in his hand and looks to see if there are two cards alike (a and A).  If there are matches, he lays them down on the table and is given two more cards.  The person to the dealer’s left, begins play by asking if a person has a specific letter.  If that person does have the letter, he must give it to the person asking for the letter.  The person asking for the letter takes the letter, places it with its matching partner, places the pair on the table and asks again for a specific letter.  If the person being asked does not have the letter, he says “Go fish” and the person must draw a card from the deck. Then its the next person’s turn to asked for a specific letter.  When a player has matched and played all of his cards, the game is over.  The person with the most matches wins the game.

Do you all have new ideas?



Basic Questions When Choosing a Game: Fine Motor

1. Can multiple pieces fit in the child’s hand?  Is the child required to place one piece at a time out of her hand?  Ex: Honey Tree: marbles must be placed one at a time into the “hive”.  Holding multiple pieces (depends on age of child how many and if possible) helps shape the hands and build the small muscles in the hand used for writing, buttoning, etc.

2. Are there dials or push buttons?  We use our index finger for holding a pencil, writing circles and loops.

3. Do the pieces require the use of thumb, index and middle fingers?  Ex: pegs, pick up sticks, sticks used with Honey Tree, Cootie parts

Can you add a tool such as a strawberry huller, tongs or tweezers to move the chips or pieces with? Tools can help strengthen the thumb, index and middle figers which are used on pencils.

4. Can the game be repositioned to where it is standing upright?  ex: Connect four, Honey Tree, Kerplunk.  when working on an upright surface our stronger wrist muscles help close our fingers into the grip we most often use for holding a pencil.

What are your favorite games?

Warning: Make sure small objects are not a choking issue with small children. Time on video games should be balanced out with manipulative play to reduce over strengthening of the hand’s large muscles which may decrease small muscle usage.

Handwriting Questions

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Alphabet Soup: Fun Activities to Stir Your Child's Interest in Letters by Lyn Armstrong O.T.R