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motor planningThere’s a great book of party game ideas entitled, [easyazon-link asin=”0689825757″ locale=”us”]Kids Outdoor Parties[/easyazon-link] by Penny Warner. I tend to look at things with therapeutic lenses on, always on a quest for fun game ideas that hold therapeutic value. Today one game will be featured, along with variations, modifications, and a listing of the therapeutic value!

Original Game
Frisbee Tower: Purchase a bunch of mini Frisbees and place them in a pile in the middle of the yard. Have the guests divide the Frisbees among themselves. The first player begins the activity by placing one of his or her Frisbees on the ground. Each of the following players places his or her Frisbee on top of the first Frisbee, and the action continues until someone causes the growing tower to topple.

Therapeutic value: pressure grading, motor planning

Alternative Game
Bartholomew’s Hats game: First, read the story [easyazon-link asin=”039484484X” locale=”us”]The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins (Classic Seuss)[/easyazon-link].

Have the kids retell the story of Bartholomew and his hats.

Everyone brings a hat or you can provide hats:

  • gardening hats,
  • cowboy hats,
  • baseball caps,
  • bicycle helmets,
  • horseback riding helmets,
  • football helmets,
  • wizard hats,
  • any kind of hat!

Take turns stacking one hat on top of the others until the whole thing tips over. Everyone wins; it’s just a contest of stacking as many hats as possible.

The kids could be in a circle, run to the middle, demonstrate what they’d do if they wore their hat, then place their hat on the stack.

Therapeutic Value: Motor planning, ideation, creative play

Variation of the Game
Relays with two teams
Kids take turns putting several hats on their own heads to see how many they can balance, then walk toward a goal across the yard where they take their hats off and run back to their team where the next child puts the hats on. Each team could be given an identical set of hats.

Balance a Frisbee on your head
Add a stuffed animal to perch upon it.
Get the Frisbee and the animal safely to the goal, then run back to the next kid in line.
Keep going until everyone on the team has had a turn.

Therapeutic Value: Motor planning and coordination, balance, posture, cooperation