|Hot Potato : Now, this might seem like a super easy turn taking game. It is. This is a great way to teach both turn taking and sharing to children who are still learning the concept for both of these skills. The “turns” are quick and the “sharing” is for a short period of time until the potato makes it’s way back around. If you’re passing around a ball or bean bag, they might be in to it for a bit. But, with this game, the potato makes music and when it stops the person holding it loses a turn. The rules can obviously be modified. But, keeping the kids interested in the “potato” is key in teaching these skills. If they like it, they won’t want to give it up. Young children have no problem turning over something they don’t care about and moving to the next thing. This is why it is imperative that they are at least intrigued by the “potato”.|
|Lucky Ducks : This is a great game to teach basic turn taking skills. It is a simple matching game but with moving parts! Children are motivated by the ducks cruising around the lake. This is another game that is great for introducing turn taking. Something I like to add to games like this or bingo, is to have your child ask other players if they have a “__” when your child has no match. There are so many skills being worked on by adding this simple little rule. You’re working on speech and conversation with asking and answering questions. You’re teaching sharing and shapes. One of my favorite things this focuses on is teamwork. While there is still a winner at the end of the game, everyone is helping others along the way.|
|Pop-Up Pirate : Love, love, love this simple yet awesome little game! In short, you take turns putting in swords until the pirate pops up. If your sword makes the pirate pop, you’re out. The game is played until everyone has popped the pirate, last one standing is the winner. (Yes, I am totally laughing in my head at “popped the pirate”) This game can simultaneously address multiple skills. Not only will this help teach your child the art of turn taking, it will also address fine motor skills, impulse control issues and receptively and expressively labeling colors! You could also work on flexibility by changing the rules so that the person to pop the pirate (tee hee hee) is the winner. The game moves fast enough to keep a young child’s attention, which we all know is key when trying to construct a teachable moment.|
|Uno Moo : This is another one of my very favorites! (Ok, honestly, I am a toy and game geek) This game has a kinetic component that helps keep those littles interested. The bright colors and animals help as well I’m sure. What I like about this game is that (like with uno) your turn is tied into the next person’s turn. This can help keep wandering minds a little more invested. As with all the games you will hear me (read me?) talk about, this one can promote a handful of skills. Colors, matching, fine motor, turn taking (duh), impulse control and more. When playing with very young children, I will take out the pieces that indicate a “skip” or “reverse”.|
|Zingo! : Ok, this game is amazing! It’s bingo with a twist, and with pictures. The fun little tile dispenser fascinates kids, keeping them engaged and motivated. You can collaborate by seeing if anyone needs your discarded tiles, promoting team work. You can play so that three in a row earns you a win or prolong the game and go for a “blackout”. This game works on matching, turn taking, impulse control and more. It has so many different versions that there are a bundle of skills that could be worked on. There’s Zingo 123, Zingo Sight Words, Zingo Word Builder, Zingo Time Telling, Bilingual Zingo Spanish, and Zingo To Go.|
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