Toy Central: Spot It

We’ve heard it said before “play with your child” but what they don’t tell you is what games are good to play and how to play them.  Did you know it’s these two things – the what and how – that makes the difference to your child’s development?

So why take the time to play with your child? Well, research shows us play allows children to use their creativity as they develop their imagination, dexterity, and physical, cognitive, and social and emotional skills. Wow! That’s a lot of areas play can influence. Play is also so important for  healthy brain development. Most of all play is fun and a simple joy that children love and by playing with your child,  you are giving them time when they feel special.

To help you out we’re going to answer the what and how for playing with your child by telling you about a game we like to use in clinic and sharing our top three tips on how to play the game to encourage your child’s listening, talking and thinking skills.

What’s the game? 

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What’s it about?

Spot It! is a game that can be enjoyed by the whole family. Each card is decorated with universal images and there is only one identical symbol in common between each card, it is up to you to find out which one. However you play the game, the aim of the game is to be the fastest to spot the identical symbol between two cards, name it out loud!

3 ways to play

When it comes to games did you know you don’t have to follow the instructions? Modifying the way you play means you can teach your child a whole bunch of new skills using just one game!

So, here are 3 ways our Speech Pathologist suggests you can play:

  1. Take turns flipping two cards over from the deck and try to spot pictures that are the same. Use a timer to see who can spot it the fastest!
  2. Hide the cards around the room. You and your child each bring one card back and see who can spot the same picture first.
  3. Each person flips a card over from the deck and see who can spot the picture that’s the same first. That person then names one other object in the same category.

 

3 skills your child can learn

  1. Turn taking
  2. Winning and losing
  3. Vocabulary development and categorising

 

Remember to keep games light and fun! And if you found this article helpful click the share button.  One of your friends may just find it useful too!