Games to Simulate Life Skills

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Several games help simulate life skills, including the game of Life, Monopoly, Skidoo, Pay Day and Twister. Learn how to interact with others, manage money and make important life decisions with help from a university campus president in this free video on life skills.

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Hi, I'm Dr. Darren Adamson with Argosy University and today I want to talk about games that you can use to simulate life skills. One of the games that simulates life is in fact the game of Life. It really gives those who are playing it the opportunity to experience different aspects of life like finding a mate, buying a car, making decisions that are of a financial nature. Another game that's similar to that is Monopoly. Another game that is very helpful in teaching life skills is the game called Skedoo where an individual that's playing that game has to turn over either cards that represent a particular thing and find the matches. It's really helpful to develop some ability to think, ability to think through problems and to pay attention and memorize or remember. Another one is PayDay, very similar to the realities of life and trying to earn a living. Those are life skills that are very important for any of us to learn because that's the way life is structured. There are many other games that really teach life skills about interaction such as the game of Twister that people have to interact in a very physical way and that teaches social interaction skills. Another game that's very helpful in terms of social interaction is the game of Charades. You also don't need a board game to play that where you get to act out certain things and try to get people to guess them. It teaches social interaction because clearly one has to stand in front of their peers but also it teaches social interaction in that one succeeds, people guess, it's fun. People enjoy one another's company, that's a very important life skill. There are many, many other games that one can use to simulate life skills. The important thing in choosing a game that simulates a life skill is to determine what life skill is being taught or what life skill is desired to be learned and then choose a game that is very specific to that particular life skill. For more information, contact me through argosy.edu. Look for the Salt Lake City campus website and call me at that phone number.

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