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Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs Jacks Game


Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs Jacks Game

Jacks is a classic game.  Bounce a ball, scoop up the correct number of jacks, and be sure to catch the ball again! Playing jacks is a great way to sneak in eye-hand coordination skills, grasp, and motor planning.  So when we read the book, Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs by Mo Willems this week with the Virtual Book Club for Kids, we were excited to try a dinosaurs version of the classic Jacks game!  

Get ready for a FUN kids' book and an even more fun active game with Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs Jacks Game!

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Goldilocks and The Three Dinosaurs Jacks Game


Have you read Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs?  This book is completely FUN!

My kids are huuuuuuge fans of all of Mo Willems' books and this one was no different.

This is definitely a book to grab at the book store or add to your library request list. 

So, read the book this week and then have fun with this dinosaur themed activity:

You'll need just three items to play dinosaur themed jacks:

Mini dinosaur figures

Dice

Small rubber ball




Use plastic dinosaurs in this Goldilocks and the Three DInosaurs jacks game based on Mo Willems childrens book.

RELATED READ: Dinosaur Themed Gross Motor Game

Then it's time to play.


How to play Jacks

This game is just like the classic game of jacks. Do you know how to play jacks?  It's pretty easy.

Scatter the jacks on the floor. 

Toss the ball into the air.  Scoop up one jack and let the ball bounce once before catching the ball in the same hand.

Collect all of the jacks in the same way.  This is called "onsies". Then start another round called "twosies" where you will pick up two jacks at a time until all of the jacks are gone. 


Use plastic dinosaurs in this Goldilocks and the Three DInosaurs jacks game based on Mo Willems childrens book.

So, playing Dinosaur Jacks would be the same exact way.  Scoop up one dinosaur at a time until they are all gone. 

RELATED READ: Dinosaur Themed Proprioception Game

Use plastic dinosaurs in this Goldilocks and the Three DInosaurs jacks game based on Mo Willems childrens book.


How do playing Jacks help with development?

Jacks is a fun and active way to work on so many skills.

Catching a ball is a skill of motor planning.  Without a plan to adjust to the way the ball moves, it would be impossible to catch or dodge a ball.  It can be quite difficult for children with a lack of body awareness or sensory processing issues to move and create a plan in response to a stimulus such as a moving ball.

Jacks is a game of visual motor integration.  Scattered dinosaurs (or jacks) need to be gathered up while the bouncing ball is moving in different planes of vision.  
There are many visual processing skills that are used when playing jacks: visual attention, visual memory, visual spatial relationships, and visual figure ground.

Playing jacks requires the hands to move in response to what is perceived and is a challenge to eye-hand coordination skills.

Try using the game of Dinosaur Jacks to help with any of these skills that interfere with handwriting, reading, math, or other functional skills.

Looking for more ways to play and learn with a dinosaur theme?  Try these ideas from the Virtual Book Club for Kids team:

Dinosaur Themed Learning Activities

Dino Babies Letter Game ~ Rainy Day Mum
Preschool Dinosaur Name Activity from Preschool Powol Packets
Dinosaur Pre-Writing Tracing Pages from Sea of Knowledge

MATHS ACTIVITIES FOR THE DINOSAUR THEME

Dinosaur Number Maze from Inspiration Laboratories
Clothes Pin Dinosaur Count Tray from School Time Snippets
Dinosaur Shape Matching Game from Powerful Mothering
Build a Shape Dinosaur from Adventures of Adam

SENSORY AND ART ACTIVITIES FOR A DINOSAUR THEME

Collaborative Cardboard Dinosaur Art from Toddler Approved

COOKING IDEAS FOR DINOSAURS

SCIENCES IDEAS FOR A DINOSAUR THEME

MOVEMENT IDEAS FOR A DINOSAUR THEME

Roll a Dinosaur Movement Game from To Be a Kid Again
Use plastic dinosaurs in this Goldilocks and the Three DInosaurs jacks game based on Mo Willems childrens book.

1 comment :

  1. I love playing Jacks and we have so many dinosaurs it would be great to use them for this.

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