Dinosaur Escape is one of our favourite cooperative games. Its simple, easy and fun – well suited to dinosaur-mad younger kiddos or older children with learning difficulties – but has enough little twists to make it interesting.
Dinosaur Escape is one of our favourite cooperative games. Its simple, easy and fun – well suited to dinosaur-mad younger kiddos or older children with learning difficulties. There are enough twists though to make it interesting.
Like all cooperative games, players work together helping each other towards the same goal. In this case the object is the save as many dinosaurs as possible (there are 3) before the volcano erupts.
Dinosaur Escape is at its core a memory game and it has an added dimensions of an in-built timer – the volcano. If you roll a volcano on the die, then a piece of the volcano is added on.
Cooperative games are great to help children learn to interact with others positively. It removes the competitive element as there is no winner or loser. This means the focus can be on learning to play fairly and respectfully, learn the etiquette of playing games, taking turns, coping with disappointment and success appropriately. There are opportunities to model behaviours, and for practice of these learned behaviours.
The first time I played this game, I was a little underwhelmed, but once we got the hang of it the game has become quite popular with children at our tutoring centre, especially when we added a couple of extra rules to extend the game and make it a little more challenging for older or more capable children. We love that it can be so versatile.
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