This next activity uses Scrabble holders. Though it used to be our favorite game, my husband and I haven't played Scrabble since about thirty minutes before Tyler was born (speed Scrabble was an awesome distraction). When I first created it I used letters that look the same lowercase as they do uppercase (c, o, v etc) and was going to have him simply place them on the holders for fine motor work, then remembered the Sesame Street Memory/Matching Tiles that I made him months ago. Much more fun! He not only works to place the tiles, but decided to naturally match them as well. This activity also works a bit on visual spatial skills as he has to fit all ten onto the holders without much empty space to play with.
This is the special edition year 2000 Monopoly edition. It's shiny and "new age" and I was thrilled when I received it for my birthday twelve years ago, though it isn't exactly my husband's favorite game to play so it's barely been used. At first I thought I could just give Tyler the little houses to stack for fine motor work, then I developed a bit of a game.
To play, we put one house each on all of the properties and railroads. We put the property/railroad cards (we excluded the electric/water company as they're a bit challenging to find on the board) in the middle. We choose our pieces (Tyler is always the bike, not surprisingly) and place them on Go.
We take turn picking cards. Whatever card you end up with is the color you move your piece to, but not specifically that property. If Tyler picks light blue, he can move his piece to any light blue property. We then take the house that's on that space. The point is to get as many houses as you can. So if you chose a red card and only one red property has a house left on it, you would want to put it on that one. I figured Tyler would be motivated to get as many houses as he could so that he could stack them and make a tall tower.
Tyler is still learning this game and we haven't made it anywhere close to using all the cards (not shocking). The most frustrating thing about our game has been the houses getting pushed around accidentally when he reaches to move his piece, but it's fun and is teaching him more of those "taking turns" skills as well as a bit of problem solving.
I would love to hear from others who have adapted games for older children or adults into activities or games for little ones!