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Heres one I made earlier...

Alison Roberts with a low cost, flexible and fun therapy suggestion for groups. Older or younger?
This game is based on the old favourite card game of Sevens. This version promotes judgement of peoples ages. Ideally you will have 4 players, although you can play with 3, 5 or 6. MATERIALS 28 blank cards the Taskmaster ones are good (but quite small), or you can use blank business cards, or index cards or postcards Glue Stick-on stars Cut out magazine pictures, of people of varying ages and types. You need to have 4 sets of 7 cards that range in age. You need 4 babies, 4 toddlers, 4 children, 4 teenagers, 4 young adults, 4 middle aged people, and 4 elderly folk. They need to be able to fit on the cards. Good sources are Mothercare catalogues, teen magazines, newspaper colour supplements, and Saga magazines. Lined paper and pen. BRAWN Stick the pictures on the cards. Arrange the sets into 4 vertical columns, with a baby at the top of each, then a toddler, then a child, and so on until you have the 4 elderly folk at the bottom of the columns. Now number the cards, writing in the top right hand corner of each card as follows: - Babies are 1, Toddlers are 2 Children are 3, Teenagers are 4, young adults are 5, Middle aged people are 6, and Seniors are 7. Stick stars by the teenagers. IN PRACTICE (I) . Deal out 5 cards each (more players = fewer cards). Place the stack of spare cards face down on the table. If you are not familiar with Sevens it may look complicated, but actually is really easy. These are the rules: The player to the left of the dealer picks up a card from the stack, adding it to his hand. He then puts down, face up, a teenager (the starred card), if he has one. If he has not got a teenager he discards one card (to the bottom of the stack), and play passes to his left. This continues until a player has a teenager card, which is placed face up, with the play then passing to the left. This next player takes a card from the stack, and then either puts down another teenager face up next to the first teenager, or puts a slightly older or younger person above or below the teenager card, i.e. the numbers will be consecutive. He then discards a card. Play then passes to his left. This player can add another teenager card next to the existing teenager cards, or add a card above or below any of the cards currently displayed, providing of course the card placed down is in the right chronological sequence. You should end up with 4 lines of people cards ranging in age, with 3 people cards above the teenager leading back to babyhood, and 3 below leading to old age. The one who is first to use all his cards is the winner. IN PRACTICE (II) Use the same cards, and simply place the cards in age order.

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