At MMA we love games for teaching a variety of life skills, including, but not limited to: sequencing a series of steps, socializing, direction following, and turn taking to name a few. Some games require children to use tools: tongs, mallets or fishing rods. While others require using two hands together in a coordinated fashion. Some games require children to learn to spin a dial in order to know what their next move is; a fine and visual motor skill in and of itself.
Games That Facilitate Fine and Visual Motor Skills
Don’t Break the Ice
Hungry (monkey, dog or bunny) Motor Skills Game
Ker Plunk or Honey Bee Tree
Pop Up Pirate
The Sneaky Snacky Squirrel Game
Let’s Go Fishin’
When buying games check the age recommendations on the box. If the game has small pieces that could be swallowed by a younger sibling consider playing the game while the younger sibling is napping. Remember, playing games should be a fun activity. If your child is new to the process, feel free to explore the materials in a very loose and fun way. Take the game out of the box, explore the pieces, set the game up together and just talk about the game before playing. Talk them through the game one step at a time and play with mom and dad, practice taking turns before playing with siblings or peers. Let your child practice with the tools or parts of the game before actually playing the game. Consider adapting the game so that your child wins when you play together, providing a teachable moment about being a good sport. Keep the play session short and come back to it in a day or two and play again, remember that children learn best through repetition!
Most of these games can be found at:
As well as, independent local toy stores.