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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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Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Thanksgiving JINGO





Work on visual discrimination, visual closure, spatial relations, figure ground, visual scanning, manual dexterity, in-hand manipulation, precise fine motor control, social skills, play and leisure exploration and participation, history of Thanksgiving

In the box: 30 player game cards, 36 questions cards.
Ages 5+, 2-30 players

I received this game in the mail today and was surprised at how thin the box was since the description boasts of 30 player cards and 36 clue question cards. Turns out everything is printed on paper. A heavier weight of paper, but still non-laminated paper. Instead of calling numbers, questions are read from the clue cards and answers are covered on the Jingo game cards. The clue cards are perforated and need to be torn apart before playing. Each clue card is printed with one question, and the answer (with matching picture) is also on the same side of the card so the players cannot see it. No bingo chips or tokens for covering the squares are included. The object is to be the first to complete a pre-specified pattern by covering squares on your card. Here is an example of the questions on the cards:
  • In this state, William Bradford arranged a harvest festival to give thanks for progress made (Massachusetts).
  • In addition to the pilgrims, these people attended the first Thanksgiving in New England (Native Americans).
  • This small, red fruit grows in a bog and is used to make sauces, jelly, and juice (cranberries).
  • In 1789, this President proclaimed Thanksgiving to be celebrated the 26th of November (George Washington).
To play the game, give everyone a game card and tokens of some kind to cover the spaces. I plan to use candy corn. Choose a pattern for Jingo (vertical, horizontal, diagonal, four corners, letter X, etc.).  Ask the questions from the clue cards. When someone completes the chosen pattern on his game card, he yells JINGO! Giving out small prizes is always a fun bonus. Maybe the candy corn can be its own prize? I am excited about using it the next couple of weeks as I have never seen a Thanksgiving bingo game anywhere else. It would also be a fun game to play as a family on Thanksgiving day. Helps review history and can be used to spark further conversation.

Try this:
  • Hold several tokens in the hand, bringing them to the fingertips one at a time to cover the squares.
  • When cleaning up, pick up the tokens one at a time and squirrel them in the palm without dropping. How many can be held?
  • Make a copy of the black and white card (comes with the game) which shows the different bingo patterns (horizontal, vertical, diagonal, four corners). Cut them out and for each game, place the one you are using as a pattern on the table for all to see.
  • Let anyone in the group answer the questions aloud as you read the cards. Once all answers have been given, let players play independently and see if they can remember the answers.
  • For non-readers, turn the question over and let them see the picture. They can match the picture.
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