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, February 10, 2016

The Poll Game

In the box: Game board, 660 poll questions (220 cards), 20 Pollster's Choice cards, 8 players markers, 8 declaration chips, 8 sets of voting cards
Adults, up to 8 players

Heard enough about polls yet (Presidential race 2016)? If not, why not do some unofficial polling of your own? The Poll Game does nothing but. Pose yes-or-no poll questions to your friends and try to guess how many will answer yes. Be the first to move your marker from the top of the question mark to the middle circle on the game board to win. To set up, give each player a set of voting cards (cards are numbered 1-8) and a declaration chip (yes on one side and no on the other), place the game board in the middle of the players, and each person chooses a marker and places it on the START space on the matching question mark. Starting at the top of the question mark on the game board, you will move ahead one space each round you correctly guess the number of yes answers. The first player takes a question card and chooses one of the questions to ask. Questions fall into the categories of current events, food & drink, money, politics, and relationships. All players decide how many yes answers there will be among all players. Choose that number from your declaration cards and place it face-down on the table. Then determine your answer to the question and place your chip with the correct answer face-up on the table with your hand over the top of it. No one should reveal any information until all players are ready. When everyone is done voting, players may lift their hands to reveal their answers. All yes votes are tallied and players reveal their voting cards. All players who correctly predicted the number of yes votes will move ahead one space on their question mark on the game board. If there is only one person that guessed correctly, he can move forward two spaces. The game ends when the first person arrives at the circle in the middle of the board.   

Questions are a mix of fact and opinion, and are sure to spark discussions. Here is a sampling of the questions:
  • Have you ever quit a job on a whim?
  • Have you ever driven across the Golden Gate Bridge?
  • Have you ever purchased something on the internet?
  • Are you a chocoholic?
  • Do you think gun control decreases crime?
  • Have you ever fallen off a ladder?
  • Do you exercise regularly?
  • Do you think gasoline will be the primary fuel source for new cars in 25 years?
Some of the questions contain adult content and could be pulled from the game beforehand if you don't want them to come up. Examples are:
  • Have you ever played strip poker?
  • Have you ever sun-bathed in the nude?
  • Have you ever been to a strip club?
If you are interested in purchasing this game or just want more information, click on the image below.


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