When I’m first introducing games and play skills to learners, I frequently take a look at the ways in which they seek sensory input for clues about what activities might be motivating for them. Below are several games I’ve had a lot of success with.
Elefun (Preschool – Kindergarten) – This is a hugely popular game with many of my young students, especially those that love bright colors and seeing objects fly in the air. And now there are a few different Elefun games to choose from!
CooCoo the Clown (Preschool – 1st grade) – Not only does CooCoo rock back and forth, but the balls eventually will fall down in this game. It also comes in a KeeKee the Rocking Monkey version.
Don’t Break the Ice (Preschool – 2nd grade) – An oldie, but goodie, this game is fantastic for those kids that love to bang and hammer.
Build A Robot (Preschool – 2nd grade) – Many of my students love this game because it has a spinner. And who doesn’t love robots!
Parachute (Preschool – 3rd grade) – The parachute really addresses all types of sensory needs. I love the 6-foot parachute because I can easily use it indoors. Click on the picture to see how I’ve used it with learners with autism!
Smashed Potatoes (Preschool – 3rd grade) – There are so many fun ways to smash play dough in this game! It’s a great choice for kids who like play dough and other smooshy textures.
Super Saxoflute (Preschool – 3rd grade) – This is an especially fun toy for kids who love music. It comes with two mouthpieces and two bells, so you can join in on the fun of building different instruments!
Vilac Stacking Robots (Kindergarten – 4th grade) – This is always a hit with my learners who love nothing more than to build something and knock it down.
Laser Maze (5th grade – high school) – This is a fun logic game for kids who are interested in lights.