Thursday, December 22, 2016

Game Spotlight: Pin Point!

I'm starting a new set of blog posts called "Game Spotlight."  People always ask me what games I love for therapy, so I thought this would be a fun way to highlight the games that I love to use, both new and old.

Today's game is called Pin Point! from Blue Orange Games.  It is brand new, and I cannot wait to share it with you.  If you are familiar with Spot It, you will love this game.

Description from Blue Orange Games:
"Develop your eagle eye abilities with this new twist on the classic “find the differences” game! Each card has 5 images on it- one Original image and four with variations. Players use process of elimination to locate the Original by pointing out differences in the other four pictures. This brain teasing game will delight kids of all ages as they race to spot the differences in the printed pictures. There is always one original- can you find it?"
This game includes dice, directions, and 72 different challenge cards.

To play,  you flip a card over and look for the "original."  You compare the variations on the card one-by-one.  If there is something that only appears on ONE of the images on the card, then it is considered a variation.  The first person to call out the color of the "original" wins the card (one point).  If a person calls out the wrong color, you lose a point (discard a card).  The first one to 5 points wins.

Let's try one:
This card below has five different snakes. The first thing I notice is that the green one does not have a tongue sticking out and the rest do. Therefore, green is NOT the original.  Then I notice that pink does not have nostrils and the rest do. Therefore, pink is NOT the original.  Blue does not have stripes on his belly and the rest do. Therefore, blue is NOT the original.  Down to yellow and red. When you compare those two, you notice that yellow does not have dots on the end of its tail. Red and the rest of the snakes do. Therefore, yellow is NOT the original.  You would shout out, "RED!" at this point and collect the card.

Watch this video to find out more and see it in action:

This game is a great way to target language (similarities, differences, descriptions, vocabulary) and social skills.  It is also great for problem solving. I have also used it a few times as a reinforcer for my speech only clients. The occupational therapists that I work with love this game for visual perceptual skills.  It was a bit difficult to understand the game at first.  However, once we understood the concept and had played a couple of rounds, my clients loved this game!

If you are interested in this game, check out Blue Orange Games for more information!

Note: A copy of the game was provided for my review. No other compensation was received.  All opinions expressed are mine. 

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