Includes 4 great tongs that help develop appropriate pencil grip.
In the box: 4 games mats, 4 tweezer tongs, 40 instruction cards, 40 balls in 5 different colors, a game board
A fun game to address fine motor skills with a theme that kids love. This game includes one of my favorite type of tweezer/tongs for working on developing an appropriate grip for pencil use. The tall gumball machine board is about 14.5 inches tall and sturdy. The balls are placed on the top of the gumball machine (a round plastic barrier is built in to keep balls from rolling away) and the stack of cards can be placed toward the bottom, where the money would go in if it was a real machine. On your turn, pick one card and follow the instructions. Cards are plastic coated and instructions on the cards include
- Take 1 - any color
- Take 2 - any colors
- Lose 1 - any color
- Lose 2 - any colors
- Lose 3 - any colors
- Take 1 - specific color shown
- Take 2 - specific colors shown
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- Get 5 small bowls or a 6 hole cupcake tin. Use the tongs to sort the marbles, one color per bowl or section.
- Choose a tweezer color. Pick up only the marbles of that color and drop them into a small bowl or cup. Choose another tweezer color and use it to pick up only that color balls.
- Play against someone and the person to collect all of his colored marbles first, wins.
- Start with only TAKE cards if trying to learn TAKE and LOSE, while learning a new game, is too much. Add the LOSE cards in later after the person has the hang of the game.
- Use the tweezers for sorting all kinds of small manipulatives. Try using the tweezers yourself first to make sure they will be appropriate.
CAUTION - The balls are small and could be swallowed if a young child or the wrong person gets ahold of them. Safety first - make sure this game is appropriate for the person you are working with.