Work on visual discrimination, figure ground, spatial relations, eye-hand coordination, turn taking, following directions, motor planning, gross motor, manual dexterity, in-hand manipulation, palmar arches, grasp, reach, bilateral integration, crossing midline, play and leisure exploration and participation, creative play, social interaction, cognitive functioning, attention, decision making, simple addition and subtraction
In the box: Board, money, chance cards, die, markers, fossils, dinosaur deed cards
Ages 5-8, 2-4 players
A beginners game of Monopoly for those Juniors in your life who dig dinosaurs. Themed pieces include plastic footprint fossils, large dinosaur deed cards with fact-filled description on the back, and paleontologist markers. This version doesn't take too long to play (maybe 30-45 minutes) and doesn't require large number math, as money only comes in denominations of 1 - 5. Throw the die and advance around the board. Buy dinosaur spaces that you land on and then earn money by collecting fees when other players land on those spaces. Placing a footprint fossil on each square that you own shows everyone who that square belongs to. The game ends when one player owes more money than he can pay. The player with the most money at this point, wins.
- Assign the person who is working on counting or making change to be the banker.
- Gather a small stack of mixed bills and ask the individual to separate them and sort them into the correct denominational piles.
- Cup the hand, squeeze the fingers together, and hold for several seconds while shaking the die without dropping.
- Sort the dinosaur footprint fossils into piles by color
- Put one footprint fossil in the individual's palm and ask him to move it to the fingertips for sorting. Then try two, holding back one while working with the other.