Thursday, September 7, 2017

Dr. Beaker {product review}

Blue Orange Games always comes out with such fun and engaging games!  Last summer, I wrote about Dr. Eureka and Fast Flip (see post here).  This summer, my clients have been enjoying their newest game called Dr. Beaker.

Here is the description of the game from Blue Orange Games:
"Stir up excitement in Dr. Beaker's Laboratory! Flip a challenge card and race your opponents to match the formula. Using logic and your stirring rod, move the molecules into the right spots. Think ahead - the special rotating platform at the bottom of your beaker only allows the molecules to move one-by-one. Unique game pieces add to the fun in this brainteasing logic race!"
Here's a video explaining how to play:

The game comes with four beakers, four stir sticks, colored balls, and cards.  To play, give each person a beaker, stir stick, and two balls of each color.

In Speech and Language Therapy:
For language goals, I modified the instructions slightly.  Instead of racing against each other, we have been describing the card to another client.  This way, it targets following directions, sequencing, and using descriptive language.

For articulation and other goals, I use it as a reinforcer.  After everyone says their words a given number of times, we can play a round.

This is also a great game for problem solving, as the kids have to think about the order in which to move the balls around to create a matching arrangement to the card.

Other uses:
Our occupational therapists have been using it for visual perception and processing speed.

What my clients have been saying:
-"It is fun!  It took me awhile to get used to how to turn the beaker and move the balls, but once I got used to it, it was easy."
-"It was fun, but I think I like Dr. Eureka better. Dr. Eureka was definitely easier. But this one is fun."
-"I enjoyed racing against each other."
-"I like the science theme."

Bottom Line:
Dr. Beaker is a fun game for my clients to play in my speech room.  It is a great game for language goals or to use as a reinforcer.  They have been asking to play it over and over again this summer and beginning of the school year.   My OT co-workers also reach for it over and over again.

If you are interested in purchasing Dr. Beaker, you can check out Blue Orange Games and order from their website.

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

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