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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Friday, April 10, 2015

Race Around the Clock

Travel through a day as you answer time related questions.

Work on telling time, calculating elapsed time, problem solving, time management

In the box: 100 question cards, game board, spinner, 4 game markers
Ages 8+, 2-4 players
Travel through a day, hour-by-hour, as you answer time related questions to race around the clock. On your turn, choose a card from the pile and hand it to another player to read to you. If you answer the question correctly, spin the dial and move forward the number of hours indicated. Your turn is over. The player  to move twelve hours around the clock first, wins.
Below is a sampling of the questions from the game:
  • Brian started playing a video game at 3:00 pm and stopped playing at 4:45 pm. How much time passed?
  • We were at the school assembly for 45 minutes. We returned to our class at 2:15 pm. What time did the assembly start?
  • You left home at 7:30 am and arrived at school at 8:10. How long did it take you to get to school?
The answers are on the same side of the card as the questions. I typically won't use the game board, just pull out the cards and ask questions. I also use a website that offers a few free online games. Here is the link. http://www.free-training-tutorial.com/telling-time-games.html   If you know of an online site with time games, post it here. I would love to have another resource for this. Thanks!
Try this:
  • Take turns asking questions and when it is your turn to answer, model problem solving.
  • Allow the individual to use the clock on the board as a visual aid, or have an actual clock handy to work with. A cheap plastic clock without a cover over the hands will allow the individual to turn the hands to work out the solution.
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