Game of visual perception and cognitive reaction to stack the rings or “scoop the loops.” The goal of this game is to be the first to stack different colored rings on your thumb based on the order shown on a challenge card. The challenge cards will require each player to figure out just how many rings of each color they need to scoop for that round. Different variations of play make this a versatile game that is fun for kids of all ages.
- Color recognition and identification is promoted as players stack the red, yellow, blue and green rings in the designated order.
- Thumbs Up! enhances early number and math skills as players need to read the challenge cards and identify which rings are to be picked up first, as well as counting the rings on their fingers.
- Sequential thought processing is promoted as kids remember the order dictated by the challenge cards and stack the rings the fastest in order.
- Caregivers can pre-select cards from the deck that best suit the child’s skills. More challenging cards can be added in later when the child has mastered the initial selection.
- Kids can add onto the game by creating their own cards with yellow, blue, green and red designs on them.
- Shorten or lengthen game play by playing 3 rounds or even 7 to win the game.
- Finger and hand dexterity is exercised as children extend thumbs in order to scoop up the rings they need to complete the challenge card.
- Thumbs Up! strengthens cooperative hand movements as kids pick up rings and place them on their thumbs.
- Hand-eye coordination and precision are incorporated into game play as kids need to scoop up the proper rings as dictated by the order on the challenge cards.
- Hide the rings around the room—under a cup, on top of a magazine, in the fruit bowl. After the card is flipped, kids will have to collect the 4 colors first before scooping them up.
- Use kitchen tongs or pretend play tweezers for kids to pick up the rings. This could be a challenge or an advantage depending on the player!
- Pair up during game play! Use your partners thumb or split up the stacking by color or number.
- Thumbs Up! promotes parallel play as children play simultaneously in this game of speed and precision in order to win.
- The ability to play the game in small groups with limited interactions allows children to slowly integrate social interaction into gameplay.
- The winner isn’t known until the end of the 5 challenges! Good sportsmanship is promoted as kids win or lose each round.
- Have one child be a judge during game play. The judge can make the rulings on who got their rings stacked the fastest and make sure the rings are in the correct order.
- Think of a 5 letter word that can be used to keep track of the rounds. For example, “THUMB.” After each round won, take a letter to keep track of the 5 rounds.