Work on visual memory, visual discrimination, figure ground, manual dexterity, in-hand manipulation, social interaction, turn taking, spatial relations
In the box: Game board, 24 plastic penguins
Ages 3+, 2+ players
A memory game that involves penguin flipping instead of card flipping (yeah, different hand skills!) On the bottom of each penguin is a picture of one of the characters from the movie.
Start by standing all the penguins up so that you can't see the bottoms. Then set the game up by standing a penguin on each of the circles on the game board. The game board is more lightweight than a typical playing board, feels more like cardboard, but it does the job. The rules of memory apply:
One player turns over two penguins and lets everyone see the pictures on the bottoms. If they match, the player takes them and plays until he misses. When it is a miss (miss-match), the player stands the penguins back in the same places where he found them and the next person plays. When all penguins have been matched, the game ends and the one with the most penguins wins.
- Place the penguins, one at a time, in the individuals palm. Ask him to rotate the penguin in-hand to position it for placement on the game board.
- Stand one of each penguin set in front of the individual. Of the remaining pieces, show the person the bottom of one penguin and ask him to turn over the penguins in front of him and find the match. Can he remember the original picture until he finds the match?
- Ask the individual to pick up two or three penguins at a time while setting up the board. Can he manipulate them and set them in place, one at a time, without dropping any?