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Children learn through play. As an occupational therapist who works with children and youth, I use games and toys almost every day to help develop important cognitive, visual perceptual, motor, sensory, social, play and leisure skills. While many different types of activities can be used in therapy, this blog focuses on off-the-shelf games and toys that are accessible to most. Whether you are a therapist, parent, teacher, or a game lover like me, I hope you discover something useful while you are here. Learn a different way to play a game you already own or discover a new game for your next family game night. Either way, just go play. It's good for you!

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Saturday, May 23, 2015

Money Bags Coin Game


Make sense of cents.


Work on in-hand manipulation, manual dexterity, fine motor precision, arch development, forming open webspace, flicking finger, thumb opposition, coin identification and value, adding coins, making change, money management, visual discrimination, figure ground, social skills, play and leisure exploration and participation

In the box: 1 game board, 1 die, 100 plastic coins, 10 play dollar bills, 4 game markers
Ages 7+, 2-4 players

The coin value game that helps you make sense of cents. Wind your way from start to finish, earning money for doing chores such as vacuuming, making breakfast, and recycling cans. Start the game by putting 41¢ on the MONEY BAGS picture at the top of the board. The first player throws the die to see how many spaces to move from the start space. The space he lands on will tell him how much money he can collect. He now spins the spinner to see which coins he can use to count out the money from the bank. For instance, if it says no quarters, he must use pennies, nickels, and dimes only. The player takes his money and puts it in front of him. If he spins money bags, he can use any denominations but must put the money on the MONEY BAGS picture, he cannot keep it. His turn is over. While moving around the board, any player that lands on a $ space may take all the money on the MONEY BAGS picture. Replenish the 41¢ on the picture (from the bank) and keep playing. If a player lands on Bank Exchange, he must exchange some of his money for greater denominations. For instance, exchange 4 quarters for a dollar bill or two dimes and a nickel for a quarter. The player also gets 10¢ interest for this turn. The game is over when the first player reaches the FINISH space at the top of the board. He then takes any money on the MONEY BAGS picture and all players count their money. The player with the most money, wins.

Try this:

  • Sort the coins into the bottom of the box (forms a simple money tray) before the game starts. The sides of the box are slanted for easy removal of coins.
  • Pick up (or put) several coins in the hand for sorting. Bring one coin at a time to the fingertips to drop.
  • Skip the game, line up the coins on the table with the face side up. Put one coin in the players palm or a couple coins at the base of the fingers. Ask him to move coins, one at a time, to the finger tips, turn it to the correct side, and place it on the table.
  • Make change for $1. See how many different ways you can do it. Pick up the coins one at a time as you count and squirrel them into the palm without dropping. When you get to $1 (or you have so many coins you think you might drop), lay the money on a $1 bill. Repeat. See how many $1 bills you can count change for before the bank runs out of change.
If you are interested in purchasing this game or just want more information, click on the image below.

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