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Use of Board Games in Developmental Learning

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Analysis of childhood board game
Game Selection: Lucky Ducks

When making this analysis, consider the minimum age that is recommended for children to begin playing the game. The recommended age for Lucky Ducks is 3 & Up.

What skills/abilities do children at that age have that they did not previously possess? Why is the game now appropriate for them?

What are the potential cognitive developmental components: language abilities; memory skills; letter, shape, color and/or number recognition abilities?

What are potential physical developmental components: fine or gross motor skills?

What are potential psychosocial developmental components: interactions with others, social skills, relationships?

Even though there is a typical start age for games, are there skills or abilities that someone who is older may acquire from playing the game?

Are there social implications for someone who is older that may be beneficial to them when playing the game?

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Lucky Ducks is a board game that involves color matching, counting, observation, and memory. Basically, players are looking to collect ducks of the correct color out of the "pond". They pick up a duck, and if it is their color (marked by a dot on the bottom) they keep it. Otherwise, they show the dot to the other players and then put it back in the pond.

At this age children are developmentally able to learn to match colors and to count (if they can count up to 4 they can play this game). Children at this age are also able to understand basic rules of a game, where a two-year-old might not. Also, there is the basic fact that any game with potentially edible parts will be labeled "3 and Up" to avoid choking hazards.

Some children will have some start in learning these skills already, but if not, this game would help to teach them. For children who have just turned three, the game will probably be mainly about matching the colors of the ducks with the colors on your card. As they gain a little more experience, though, some higher-level thinking skills come into play. Because the player has to show the color on the bottom of the duck to the other players before putting it back, children may learn to be more observant. Often ...

Solution Summary

Details the different developmental and psychosocial tasks involved in playing a board game for young children.