I cannot take credit for this game. Someone shared this idea so long ago that I do not know who to give credit to. I have been using Jackpot in therapy for almost ten years and it never gets old. The students often ask to play Jackpot, even over board games. The great thing is that it is FREE and does not take up space.
This game is easy to explain and can be used for all ages. First, you will have to make a game board (see picture below). All you have to do is get a piece of construction paper and make six boxes (the size of Super Duper or Uno cards). Put the a number in each box (1-6). In the middle you make a smaller rectangular box and write JACKPOT. That is it! I laminated mine and it has kept up over the years. The only other things you will need are a die (I got a packet of 8 dice at Dollar Store for $1.00) and paper money (The paper money that is pictured here came with the princess coins that I used in a previous post. The Dollar Store also has gold coins with green money for $1.00).Total cost: less than $1.00
How to play:
- Pick out cards that are appropriate for targeting your student’s goal. **Another great thing about this game is that you can use this for PK-high school and target any objective. I have used it for articulation, vocabulary, language, grammar, fluency and social skills. In the pictures below I used Super Duper “Listening for Absurdities” cards.
- Students roll to see who goes first.
- The student who goes first rolls the dice. They pick up a card and read it. Then they cover the numbered box that corresponds to the number they rolled with their card. In the picture below the students have already rolled a 1, 5, and 6.
- When a student rolls a number that is already covered, the card they picked goes into the “Jackpot.” In the picture above you can see that there are three cards in the “Jackpot.”
- The student who covers the last number (in the picture below you can see that the number 2 is left and the student rolled a two) gets all the cards in the jackpot.
- The student then exchanges the cards for money. Each card is worth $100.
I usually can play two games per session. My students like to keep track of their total winnings throughout the year by keeping a list in their folder.