Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Swish Junior {Product Review}

I'm always on the lookout for new games to play in therapy with my students.  They definitely have their favorites, but they need extra motivation sometimes.  Honestly, sometimes it's ME who needs the change.  Either way, new games are good, right?  I recently had the opportunity to play Swish Junior with my students.  It is a brand new game from Think Fun.  This post contains affiliate links for your convenience.

Where to Buy It:
Swish Junior is available from Think Fun or on Amazon.

The Basics:
The box comes with a set of see-through cards, instructions for play, and a bag for easy storage of the cards.

To play, place a set of cards on the table. Place them in rows (maybe rows of 3).  To create a "swish" or a match, an outline of a shape will match exactly with a filled in shape on another card.  BOTH shapes on the card must create a swish with the shapes on the other cards for it to be a complete swish.  Look at the cards to see if they match.  As soon as they match, call it out!  Whoever has the most swishes wins!

A swish can be with more than 2 cards, too.  As long as the outlined shapes match up with the filled-in shapes, it doesn't matter how many cards it takes to complete the swish!  WHOA!

What You Can Target:
-Spatial skills
-Visual skills
-Matching skills
-Social skills
-Basic concepts (prepositions, colors, etc)
-Attention to task

Why I Love It:
-This game is unlike anything I've every seen before!  See-through cards!
-As always, you can target so much with it.
-It really challenges students to think about it!
-It's a game that can be used with children AND adults.
-It's easy to store-doesn't take up much space.
-You can make it multi-player or just use it with one person.

In My Speech Room:
We used it last week in therapy, and my students loved it!  I thought that they would struggle with it at first, but they picked it up right away!  I guess I underestimated their abilities.  They easily got matching just 2 cards.  I challenged them to try and match 3 or 4 cards, but that's when the breakdown happened.  That's ok, though!  We will keep working on it.

Want to purchase this?  You can buy it from ThinkFun's website or from Amazon.

Swish Junior is sure to be a new favorite in my speech room.  I hope your students love it as much as I do!

Disclaimer: This product was provided for me to review.  No other compensation was received. All opinions expressed are mine.  

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