Preparing My Educational Arcade Game!

To build my Rhyme-A-Dime game, I gathered materials that one can easily get access to. I started of with a low open box and covered it with computer paper to write the name of the game on it. I tried to make this game as colorful and exciting as possible. I had two chocolate containers that had 9 slots each, so I stapled both containers together to create an 18 coin slot game. Underneath each slot I taped a colorful circle which I cut out of index cards and then wrote a word on each circle. I chose words for 3rd grade level since I plan on becoming an elementary school teacher. I placed the slot part on the inside of the box near the side. I created the ramp out of styrofoam, then placed it with a slant inside the box so the word dimes can land inside the slots. Around the slot container I taped the sides to the box so the dimes won’t fall underneath the ramp. Since there are 18 coin slots, I labeled 18 dimes with words on a tape I could write on. I paired 18 rhyming words that need to be matched correctly by slidingor rolling the dime into the correct slot. The name Rhyme-A-Dime suits this game perfectly, so since I made its name rhyme which is the concept of the game, I decided to use actual dimes. After connecting the ramp to the container, I got creative and came up with the idea of adding lanes to the ramp with halves of index cards for a cleaner aim to the correct slot. While building this arcade game I realized how much fun I was having and how many ideas were coming to mind to make the game even better. Fun building process!


Lesson: Rhyming Words!

I created this arcade game to teach 3rd graders how to rhyme words and match them. I used actual dimes and covered them with tape that I can write words on. 18 dimes for the 18 slots. I had chocolate containers, so I reused them for the word slots. I titled this game Rhyme-A-Dime because it rhymes which is the main point of this invention. Then I made a styrofoam ramp to slide or roll the dimes on and also added lanes with halves of index cards to it so the aiming could be easier. I placed all of this in a box to hold the ramp up and keep the game together. Every player is given 3 rolling attempts for all 3 different words and they recieve 3 points for each correct slot they make.

The words written inside the dime slots are 3rd grade level words, but can be changed depending on the grade level. Creating this game was simple and it was interesting to see the many ideas I kept coming up with to make it better.

The dimes display the words that need to be matched with the words in the slots. This game can be educationally modified in a math related way by using the values of the coins used and rolling them down to certain amounts. Students will be able to learn how to sum up coins and practice their value.

When I attempted the game, I discovered that it was a very fun way of teaching how to rhyme words because it required prior planning to decide which word to roll the dime towards. There were a few times I missed the correct slot, so I tried different angles with my hand to roll the dime. When my brothers played, they enjoyed the concept of the game because their hand coordination is good and made it in the slot every time, then I made it more challenging for them by raising the ramp to make the dime land mainly straight down, but they figured out that the speed of the rolling needs to increase to get the slot they needed. Overall, I would definitely recommend others to try to create and play this game with children because I believe it teaches an effective English lesson. I mainly focused on making this educational game an English lesson since my major is English and Childhood Education, so this assignment helped me get a glimpse of ways I can use my creativity and imagination to teach something children should learn.