I am dedicating this week to providing you all with resources and ideas for fun, leisure time activities that kids and adults with special needs will be sure to enjoy.
Today is all about the benefits of playing dice games with special needs kids, of which I must say, are quite a few!!
My daughter, Bethany’s current favorite games to play are all dice games!
I suspect that Bethany likes dice games not only because they are fun, but also because they provide her with an ample amount of sensory stimulation!
Playing dice games provides Bethany with the opportunity to:
Use her large gross motor skills to shake, rattle, and roll the dice.
Sharpen her manual dexterity, give her fine motor skills a work out, and fine tune her eye-hand coordination skills as she picks up and manipulates the dice in her hands and in between her fingers.
Engage her auditory system as she listens to the dice rattling around in the shaker and hears them as they tumble and crash out onto the table.
Give her visual perception skills a workout and crossing mid-line as she scans the surface area where her dice have fallen to see her score and reaches her arms and hands across mid-line to gather up the dice in preparation for the next roll.
Obey the rules.
Increase her attention span.
Practice communication skills.
Socially interact with others.
Practice problem solving and critical thinking skills.
Enjoy quality time with others.
Have fun and feel happy.
Reduce her blood pressure and stress.
Exercise her brain to potentially increase her cognitive functioning.
I enjoy playing dice games with Bethany because I like making her happy and seeing her having fun!
Bethany’s current favorite dice game is Yahtzee. Each player gets three chances to roll the dice per turn to get a full house, four of a kind, three of a kind, and small and large straights!
Bethany loves rolling five of a kind which is called a yahtzee and is the best roll you can get!
We have to watch her carefully, though because if we aren’t paying attention, she’ll try to cheat and just keep rolling until she gets five of a kind!!
She hates rolling straights and refuses to accept them! It’s so funny!
It’s so cute that every time she rolls five of a kind she asks me to document it on video!!
Next on Bethany’s list of favorite dice games is Go Nuts!
This is another five of a kind game, only this time the best roll is getting five acorns!!
If you roll squirrels, you can roll them once again to try to get more acorns, but you can’t roll cars again.
There are also dog and dog house dice included in this game.
Using them was too confusing and complicated for Bethany though, so needed to modify and simplify the rules in order for her to be able to enjoy playing this game!
It’s very similar to Yahtzee, but riskier because you can lose points!
While I seriously doubt that Bethany would ever be willing and able to give up points, I have included this game here for those that might like to experience just a little bit more of a challenge than Yahtzee affords!
I hope you’ll find one or even all of these games to be as fun and enjoyable to play with your special needs loved one as we have had while playing them with Bethany!
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