Have you ever wondered what we offer inside of our subscription boxes? Here’s a peek at what was in July’s box!
The theme was Taking Turns. Taking turns is an important skill for children to practice. Children (and people in general) take turns all the time. Children take turns when they play games like checkers or four square, while they participate in a class discussion, or during a conversation. Adults have to wait and take turns too - in meetings, in stores and when driving. Taking turns, and in particular, waiting for the time when it’s your turn, can be frustrating. It’s good to practice turn taking, because it happens all the time.
In this July’s kit, we have two games designed to help kids take turns. Kids need to share and take turns not only when making the DIY Memory game, but also while playing. Make a Crazy Critter is another game designed to practice turn taking
Make Your Own Memory Game
40 wooden coins
40 stickers (2 stickers on each sheet)
colored pencils (1 set)
Each child gets 20 stickers (10 pairs). Draw the same image on two stickers. You can keep it simple like squares, triangles, hearts, moons or suns. Or get more creative, drawing patterns or pictures. Be creative and have fun - just make sure both stickers look the same! Please remember to share and take turns with the colored pencils.
Once all the stickers are colored in, put the stickers on the coins. It’s okay if they’re not perfectly in the middle, the edges of the coin are rounded so you can smooth the sticker over it.
Now it’s time to play Memory!
Turn over all the coins - mix them up so the pairs aren’t next to each other!
Decide who will go first.
Take turns trying to find the pairs. On your turn, turn over two coins. If the coins are the same, you keep the pair. If you find a pair, you get another turn. If you don’t find a pair, it’s your partner’s turn.
Keep going until all the pairs are found. The person with the most pairs wins!
Roll a Dice and Make a Crazy Critter
Crazy Critters Paper
In order to make a critter, roll the dice and draw the image that corresponds to the number on the dice. Start at the first column and then keep going.
TWO WAYS TO PLAY
One person uses the dice to make a complete picture. Start at the first column and go through all 4 columns. Then pass the dice to the other person, who takes their turn to draw a complete picture.
One person rolls the dice to figure out what to draw from the first column. Then pass the dice to the other person, who takes their turn to find out what to draw from the first column. Then they hand the dice back to the first person, who rolls to figure out what shape to draw from the next column. Keep going back and forth until you are done with all 4 columns.
Family game time is a great way to practice skills like taking turns and showing good sportsmanship, whether you win or lose. This way, you also get a chance to see how your child does with playing games. Do they have a harder time when they win or lose?
Included in July’s kit was a card game for families to play and practice these skills. Families either got Old Maid, Crazy 8s or Go Fish.
If you want to work on this skill now, when you are waiting to take your turn during everyday experiences (like in line or at a restaurant), point it out to your child. Talk with them about ways to manage waiting. Talk about different ways you like to pass the time while you wait and try out a few to see how it goes.
If you would like to get this kit, you can order it on our store page.
Or you can subscribe to our monthly playdate kit.