Executive Functioning Game: In or Out

Posted by Erica Warren on

I'm excited to tell you about my executive functioning card game: In or Out! It is the first of a series of executive functioning games that I created to build this vital skill.

Card Descriptions:

All 30 cards include two images: an inner image and an outer image. There are six images: a car, a light bulb, an alien, a raindrop, a flower and a hand. In addition, there are five different colors: yellow, red, blue, green and purple. It is a complex matching game that requires players to remember and utilize rules to search for commonalities amongst cards.

The black symbol in the middle of the inner image directs players to look at the inner image or the outer image. Then players compare cards from their deck to the image in the discard pile. The black cat is simply a distractor and has no other purpose in the game.

sample cards

What Population of Learners Does This Serve?

In or Out is a fabulously fun game for anyone, but it also serves as a cognitive, remedial tool that exercises executive functioning skills: working memory, inhibitory control and cognitive flexibility.  Players must pay attention to details, manage distractions, maintain stamina, and mentally shift and sustain attention. For remedial purposes, this game can benefit individuals with ADHD, learning disabilities, executive functioning disorder, as well as those with head injuries and the elderly.

Executive Functioning Coaching

For 1 to 3 Players:

Initially, I play the game with my students and verbalize the process. I slowly scaffold the process over to them. Once they have it, we play against one another.

Where Can I Purchase the Game?

The game is presently available as a digital download @ Good Sensory Learning. You can also purchase it as a bundle with my other executive functioning games FocusMemory Master and No Match Penguins

Cheers, Erica

Dr. Erica Warren is the author, illustrator, and publisher of multisensory educational materials at Good Sensory Learning. She is also the director of Learning to Learn and Learning Specialist Courses.

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