December 6, 2019
Project Phase 2: Team Proposal
Animal Dice Game
My team came up with a proposal to facilitate parental engagement through a family fun time activity for children aged 3-5 years old. We chose an animal dice game to fulfil our smart objectives. The animal dice game is a jumbo dice created by using a cube tissue box and slips of paper with a picture of an animal and an action or sound of that animal. This game will help the child recognize different animals while associating the correct sound or action with them. The jumbo dice is rolled and the parent and child will then act out whatever action or sound of the animal facing up. Once the child understands the game the parent can then ask them to spell the name of the animal or describe other characteristics of the animal to make the game even more educational.
Within thirty minutes the child will be accurately able to identify and act out the actions of four out of the six animals in order to increase their cognitive development through memory and word association, as well as gross motor development through the movement of their arms and legs while acting out the animal.
Cognitive development is a very important part of a child’s healthy development in the chosen age range (3-5 year olds). The memory aspect of this game encourages the children to accurately identify the name, actions, and sounds of a given animal. The more the game is played, the more the child can commit to memory the characteristics of different animals. “Children tend to use routines to define understanding of events, and to recall sequence” (Anthony). This game also helps with gross motor development with the child acting out the different animals as well as rolling and going to retrieve the dice.
- Take out the materials from the bag
- Have each child tape each picture of the animal to each side of the dice
- Once the dice is completed have the child roll the dice
- Explain the action to the child and demonstrate what it may look like
- Have the child do the action on the dice
- Repeat steps 3-5
- Frog: Squat down and hop while going “ribbit’
- Cow: Moo like a cow
- Scratch armpits like a monkey or dance like a monkey while making monkey noises
- Bird: Flap arms like you are flying and making chirping noises
- Elephant: Place arms outstretched in front of chin and make a trumpent sound like an elephant
- Penguin: Waddle around and squawk
Dollar Tree: 6 pack of tape- 15 packs
Retail price $1
Animal Printouts- Free from printing services
Tissue boxes- Free from donations
Walmart: Cardstock- 3 packs
Retail price $8.82 x 3
$15+8.82 x 3
September 20, 2019
Memory Games for Cognitive Function
Cognitive development in young children is an important aspect in cultivating the basic skill sets needed in life. Children should be exposed to activities that help with their development, growth, and learning. Parents can use different activities and techniques to enrich the brains of their young children. A memory matching game with shapes and colors is a fun and easy way for parents to cultivate important developmental skills in their young children.
Parents with children between the ages of three and five are able to play a memory matching game with colors and shapes to help with color and shape recognition, cognitive ability, and memory retention. There are many benefits associated with developing a child’s memory capacity, including the improvement of “self-awareness, communication skills, social skills and self-confidence” (“Educational Benefits,” n.d.). A memory matching game also facilitates parental involvement because the parents can play the game as well while they help their children play. This activity is inexpensive and can be played in under thirty minutes.
A memory matching game with shapes and colors could either be bought or made using markers and little pieces of paper. Each paper or card should be laid out on a flat surface faced down. During a turn, one card is flipped over and then another card is flipped over in hopes of matching the image to the first card’s image. If a match is made, the player keeps those cards next to him\her. If a match is not made, the cards are flipped back over and the game continues with the next player. Preschoolers specifically can benefit from remembering which cards are where, and matching different colors and shapes. It is a cheap, easy, and fun game that positively impacts children’s cognitive, social, and emotional development.
n.d. Educational Benefits of Memory Games for Kids. Retrieved Sept. 19, 2019, from https://www.educationaltoys.expert/educational-benefits-memory-games-early-childhood-development/