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Learning About Manners: Picnic Basket Game

Primary Category: Language Development

Subcategories: Social Skills, Emotional Regulation, Fine Motor Skills, Cause & Effect

Description of how the game can be used to fit the categories: The Picnic Basket Manners Game works on a variety of skills that can aid players’ language development. Social skills are developed through playing this game when the player must practice using please and thank you to ask the other players if they may take a token. This also practices manners because it makes it a habit for the players to use please and thank you after taking something. Emotional regulation can be worked on by playing this game because if a player repeatedly forgets to use their manners, the other players can make them put a token back. This can be upsetting to the player, but they must learn to not get angry and quit the game, they have to keep playing and control their emotions appropriately. Fine motor skills are incorporated into this game when the players pick up and move the little tokens around on the board. Cause and effect is practiced by playing this game because the players learn that when they use their manners, they are rewarded in this case with a token.