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Primary Category: Physical/Sensory Motor Development

Subcategories: Fine Motor Skills, Emotional Regulation, Academics, Eye-Hand Coordination

Description of how the game can be used to fit the categories:

The game Trouble is a fun game for players to practice a variety of skills that can help them in their daily lives. Academics can be practiced by playing this game when they pick a card. The player practices number recognition and counting because they must read the number on the card and then move their game piece to the appropriate number of spots forward or backward depending on the instruction on the card. Color identification could also be incorporated into this activity by having the player identify all of the colors of the game pieces and then have the player pick their favorite color. Fine motor skills are incorporated into this game when the players must advance or retract their game pieces on the board. The tiny game pieces require finger dexterity and coordination to move and then place back on the board. Emotional regulation can be practiced when playing this game because if a player lands on a spot that another player already has a game piece on, the player who was there first has their game piece moved back home. This can be frustrating or even upsetting, but the player must control their emotions and continue to play the game without quitting. The player also must pick a card with the exact number of spaces when getting their game piece to home to win. If the player is having a difficult time picking this number, it may be frustrating because the player is so close to winning. This requires the player to regulate their emotions and control their frustration so they can continue playing the game. Eye-Hand coordination can be incorporated into this game when the player has to count the spaces on the board while moving the game pieces on the board as well. This is a fine game for players of all ages.