The Value of Dice Games
One of our residents thoroughly enjoys the game of Farkle (“Sparkle” to her!). When we first started playing the game, I was adding up her points for her, and picking out which die she needed to keep for points. Then I realized I was doing WAY too much FOR her.
So I changed.
Now, she picks out her own needed dice thereby utilizing her fine motor skills, strengthening/maintaining her cognitive abilities as she needs to remember which die produce which points.
And, I help her add and multiply the points. I point at each separate die, or combination of dice, and she tells me what it is worth, and what the total is. Sometimes I have to help her with her multiplication by saying “5 x 1…00 is ___”
And she gets it. She does not always remember the multiplication rules, and at times I have written out the calculation, but still, she does get the correct answer.
We keep a sense of humor throughout the game and the math, and remember that it is…. only a game!
It can be easy to think that these are “only” games. But remember what skills it takes to actually play them – fine motor, gross motor, memory, math skills, etc.