Playing The Game – Sun 29th Nov 2015

By | November 29, 2015

The above (M&S branded) was one of my finds at D’s school fair yesterday.  It always makes me chuckle that we donate to the fair after a de-clutter and then attend and buy a bit more!

This looked good though, it hadn’t been used and I thought it would appeal to the competitive members of the husband *coughs…yours truly, T and Hubbie*.  Also anything that encourages turn-taking, a bit of quick-thinking and a few smiles also gets a thumbs up from me.

Taking turns doesn’t always go fantastically well when you chuck autism into the mix, especially if there’s some varied intellectual minds playing.

This looked interesting, as the questions could be tailored and there was a competive element in that the person asking the question (eg. How many flowers can you name?) has to guess how many the other person can answer, the sand timer gets turned and, if they answer less, the questioner gets the points, answers over and above and the one answering gets them.

Surprisingly and wonderfully, it was a lot of fun.  We didn’t bother with the points scoring, just estimating the answers and off we went.

D joined in with the “how many recognisable fruits and veg (and then animals) can you draw”, obviously anticipated numbers scaled down and she really enjoyed it!  

Can you recognise what she drew?


T – who I thought would love it – elected not to join in, apart from one or two, but still laughed away at some of the answers and the “family fortunes style” noises made when time ran out.  

I’ve no idea how long this had been in someone’s cupboard, but for £2 for this, a faux pearl necklace (which D loves because she thinks mermaids collected the pearls) and a motivational coaster/plaque thingy, it was money very well spent.

A great way to spend Sunday with D even saying over tea how much she enjoyed it – which considering the turn-taking and the “timer is going to run out” element is a massive bonus.  I might see if I can find one of those “ding” counter bells too, to signal the end of the game. 

We’ve had so many times when “play” at games got abandoned because one of them got uber-competitive or fed up that one person was winning, that this little game (which could be played on the move as it’s cards and a tiny timer) was a definite winner.  Just goes to show that one person’s decluttering is just right for another.

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Catie: Imperfect Mum on 29th November 2015 at 10:01 pm.

Sounds like a fab game and an absolutely bargain. Well done miss D on the turn taking and I like the idea of a bell as my big lad needs help to recognize when things are finished too. #spectumsunday


Jeannette on 8th December 2015 at 11:54 am.

Thanks, John Lewis do some great bells, there’s even a Mary Berry one in Sainsburys!


Coombe Mill (Fiona) on 30th November 2015 at 8:54 pm.

sounds like a school fair bargain! #MagicMoments.


Jeannette on 8th December 2015 at 11:53 am.

It was definitely £2 very well spent 🙂


Lisa Savage on 2nd December 2015 at 10:28 am.

I love it when you find some gold in someone else’s rubbish! Fantastic. We’ve invested in some simple turn taking games for O this Christmas as his SALT are using them to great effect. Well done for a great find! #SSAmazingAchievements


Jeannette on 8th December 2015 at 11:53 am.

Thanks, it was great to have a bit of turn-taking, which games have SALT recommended for you? X


Sarah MumofThree World on 2nd December 2015 at 3:37 pm.

That’s brilliant! It sounds like you found the perfect game for your family and D was obviously ready to play and take turns. I love her drawings too 🙂


Jeannette on 8th December 2015 at 11:52 am.

Aww thank you, she did extremely well on the easier questions, she is a fab little artist 🙂


mummyshire on 2nd December 2015 at 10:01 pm.

Oh playing games with different age groups and abilities can be disastrous, especially if you throw competition into the mix. This game sounds brilliant because you can play it with some sort of rules (this is our sort of game) without being too strict, and Ds drawing skills are pretty good! Is that a giraffe, pony, cat, snake?
Sometimes you can find the best bargains at school fairs. We bought a wooden mini theatre for £3 at our school fate and it’s been brilliant!


Jeannette on 8th December 2015 at 11:51 am.

Thanks, I really wasn’t expecting our little game to go so well, but it was fab!
The points element would have been way too competitive, but the adaptations worked very well.
Which reminds me, I need to order my little “ding” bell!
Congrats on getting the mini theatre, fairs are fab for strange little finds, aren’t they 🙂


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