My eldest is always asking, “Which way is right?” or “Which way is left?” There are some great “tricks” out there, but they don’t seem to be working. I really needed a game we could play that would be fun AND teach him left and right. Here is what I came up with.
Doggy, Doggy, Where’s Your Bone?
A Game for Practicing Left and Right
- Templates (click here)
Preparing the Game:
- Print the templates.
- Cut out the dogs and the bones
- Cut the path template along the dotted lines.
- Trace and cut out your child’s hands. Label one “right” and one “left.”
- Glue the path pieces together side by side to create a long path. Make it as a long as you like by printing additional pages.
- Glue the yellow pages that say “left and right” on the back of the white pages that say “left __ spaces” and “right __ spaces.” Allow to dry and cut apart. These will be the game cards (back and front)
- Each player chooses one dog playing piece and places it on any space along the path.
- Place a bone on all the other spaces.
- Stack the cards yellow side up.
- Place the hands above the board to “show” left and “right.”
- Player 1 picks a card and does as it says. If the player lands on a space with a bone, he takes it. If there is no bone, then he does nothing. Then player 2 takes a turn.
- The game continues this way until all the bones are cleared from the board.
- If requested, the “winner” has the most bones at the end of the game.
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