Icebreaker activities are a great way to get kids talking about themselves and connecting with their classmates. The Free Spirit Advisory Board is here to share their tried-and-true activities to break the ice and help kids feel excited for the new school year. “Working with preschoolers—they are very visual and like to touch things. In […]
Category Archives: Games for Therapy
One of the events that I like to attend is the Chicago Toy and Game Show, that usually is held in November at Chicago’s Navy Pier. This show is a great place to find innovative and different toys, games and technology that can be used with students for counseling. This event is fabulous, and once many of the venders find out you work for a school or an organization that assists students, they often will give you a discount, freebies, or even offer you a samples of their games or items. You can meet the inventors of the games, and see the games and toys tried out by people at the events. This is how I could envision many of the therapeutic effects of the games. If you haven’t gone to an event such as this, and you love toys, tech and games, you shouldn’t miss this event next year.
Above is the inventor of the game, Operation.
I love this game, as it is like the old game you played with your friends “Concentration”, without a board. You get a category and think up words within that category, and you are eliminated when you can’t guess a word. The twist in Tapple is, you have to find words that begin with a certain alphabet and each letter is tapped out until only a few letters are left and you have to guess a word in that category that starts with one of the remaining letters.
A variation of the game could be teaching the students emotion words and having them use the Tapple tool to tap out the various emotions that begin with different letters. This addresses Common Core Standards and you have so much fun! Go to the Tapple game site USAOPOLY to see a description of Tapple and another game that I find promising, SELFIE (and yes, it relates to selfies taken with a cell phone and how you appear to others, no cell phone needed).
This month I had the pleasure to attend the CHITAG show at Navy Pier. This is the second time I have gone and it was as enjoyable as the first time I attended. I normally blog about great tech tools that you can use in the school settings with iPads, tablets or computers, but I think this post will be equally rewarding. I came across two companies that have excellent material for use in therapeutic settings. I will highlight them both in their own separate blog posts. Check out their sites and games, I’m sure you will agree they have good stuff.