In the box: 36 monster cards, 1 marble shaker
Ages 6+, 1+ players
Work on visual discrimination, manual dexterity, figure ground, spatial relations, in-hand manipulation, visual memory, visual closure
Shake up the marble shaker and place it on the table top for all to see. Lay all the cards on the table, picture side up as shown above. Everyone quickly looks over the cards to see who can find the monster card with the pattern in his belly that exactly matches the pattern in the marble shaker. The person who finds it first takes the card. Shake the shaker and go again. First person to collect five cards, wins.
- Ask the child to hold several cards in a stack in the non-dominant hand, push them off, one at a time, with the thumb to lay them on the table top or to sort through them for the step below.
- Use the process of elimination - find a specific aspect of the marbles that you will check for, such as 3 blue marbles together along the edge (see above photo). Then flip through the cards and make two piles - one pile with three blue marbles along the edge, and one pile without the blue marbles in that position. Now all you have to do is go through the few cards that matched the three blue marbles to find the one that exactly matches the marble shaker.
- Make the marble pattern for the process of elimination easier to remember by simple looking for the color of the one marble in the middle.
- Show the shaker, everyone memorizes the pattern, then hide the shaker while looking for the match.