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Engaging Senior Men in Games: Cover the Box - A Fun Dice Game!

Playing a variety of games, either board games or physical games like horseshoe/bean bag toss, is a great way to get senior men involved in activities whether at home or in a home-care community. We found a fun dice game that would interest men and women alike! It can be played with other residents, a caregiver, or on their own.


We like to encourage socialization, so playing with a partner is encouraged, but consider the needs of your loved one before beginning play.


senior couple playing dice game

Let's dive into the details of "Cover the Box" - a dice game that guarantees excitement and friendly competition!


Cover the Box - Dice Game


Objective:  

Cover all numbers on your game card first, to win!


Materials:

- A pair of dice (with dots or numbers)

- Game Card for each player (included below)

- Small counters/buttons or cut pieces of paper to use for covering the numbers on the game board (at least 24 for each player)

sample view of the game card

Download the game card by clicking on the document link below!


Cover the Box
.pdf
Download PDF • 144KB

How to Play:
  1. Provide a game card and 24 counters/small paper pieces to each player

  2. To determine who begins, have each player roll the dice, the highest number goes first

  3. Using both dice, take turns rolling.

  4. Looking at the numbers they rolled, the player may cover both numbers or, depending on their ability, add the numbers together and cover the sum. For example, if they roll a 5 and 3, the player may choose to cover both a 5 and a 3 on the game board, or they may cover the 8 (5+3=8), depending on what numbers they have left on the board.

  5. First to cover all numbers wins!


Notes:

When the remaining game card numbers are below 7, the player may choose to roll one of the dice, instead of both.


Playing a dice game like "Cover the Box" brings people together, creates laughter, and provides opportunities for activity for all. It not only enhances motor skills through the grasping, shaking, and rolling of dice but also stimulates cognitive abilities by involving counting, matching, comparing, and recognizing numbers.


Get ready for some thrilling moments as you embark on this exciting game with your loved ones!

 

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