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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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Sunday, December 10, 2017

Jeopardy-style Christmas Game

A Christmas trivia game sprinkled with social-skills discussion questions.


I recently opened a Teachers Pay Teachers (TPT) store. For those who are not familiar, TPT is a large website that hosts individual stores owned by teachers, therapists, counselors and the like. Geared mainly toward school aged kids, each store sells (or gives away) materials and resources that can be used with groups or individuals. I used this website for several years before I realized that I too could open a store, since many of the materials I use in therapy (aside from the games) I make myself. So right now (12/2017) there are not many items in my store, but I plan to fill it up over the next year, and years to come. And since this item is a game, I decided to feature it here on my game blog.
If you have ever watched Jeopardy, it is set up similar to that TV show. It is made on Powerpoint. I just take my computer to therapy and we play it that way. If you are with a big group you can project it onto a screen. To play, you choose a category and a question (A-E) that you want to see. Click on the letter and you will jump to that page. Read and answer the question. Then to return to this category grid, just click on the Christmas cookie icon at the bottom in the left hand corner. Pretty simple. I used letters A-E instead of numbers, like the real jeopardy, because we weren't keeping score and we were just taking turns answering questions, instead of one person who keeps going until they miss. Sometimes if I want to use a score instead, I will use dice. After each turn, the person throws the dice and adds that number to his score. I have added an answer sheet on a separate piece of paper.
Here are the explanations of the categories:
  • Christmas Etiquette  -  Are your Christmas manners up to par?
  • Jingle All the ___  -  Fill in the blanks to the lyrics of these popular Christmas carols.
  • Christmas Quandaries  -  Solve specific problems that may pop up during Christmas.
  • Holiday TV & Movies  -  Name the Christmas movie or TV show from the description.
  • Christmas Recipes  -  Decide what Christmas treat can be made from each list of ingredients.
IF you are interested in checking out my store, here is the link. 

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