Age level: Preschool, Early Elementary
Description: Share a Berry is a fantastic game for young learners. Players follow their path and try to collect the most strawberries. To begin gameplay, a path is created in front of each player that leads to the Big Berry Basket in the center. Players take turns flipping over cards in their path, and adding and subtracting berries to their Strawberry Strings.
Share a Berry is also part of my Great Games Giveaway!
SimplyFun put together this brief video that shows how to play the game and shows the educational benefits.
Skills & Modifications: The primary modifications I make to this game are reducing the number of cards in each player’s path. There are additional, skill-specific modifications below.
Counting – This is a great game for practicing basic counting for the numbers 0-5. One of the things I love about this game is that students who struggle with counting can compare the length of the berries on their strings to determine the winner.
Recognizing left and right – I love this game for working on recognizing left and right. When students are motivated by the materials in this game, the visual prompt can be helpful.
Addition/Subtraction – Each card requires players to either add or subtract berries from their string. The cards also include “zero,” which allow for practice with the concept of zero. It’s so valuable that this game provides practice with addition symbols, subtraction symbols, and the number zero. The game is also easily modified to focus on only addition or only subtraction by removing the River Path tiles (subtraction) or Berry Path tiles (addition.)
Motor Skills – Share a Berry allows young learners to practice stringing beads within the context of a fun and active game. This fine motor skill is important, and I love that this game provides the opportunity to practice the skill in a more entertaining manner than simply stringing beads in successive trials. The size of the beads is also excellent for students who struggle with fine motor skills.
Pros: I appreciate that this game is easy to modify. Also, SimplyFun does a wonderful job of providing materials to support learners with autism. You can take a look at their suggestions here.
Cons: For learners with autism, the wait time between turns may be a bit long to maintain their attention. You may want to start by introducing the Share a Berry with only two players, then systematically increasing it as your student’s attention span increases for the game.
Cost: $26.00 You should invest in this game if: you are seeking fun family games to play with young learners, you are looking for ways to incorporate fine motor skills into games, or you are seeking counting activities.
ABLLS: K15, R1, R5, Z14
VB-MAPP: VP-MTS4, Math 12, Math 13
Share a Berry was provided to me for free by the company SimplyFun to write about here. This did not influence my opinions on the toy. The thoughts and ideas above are all my own.