Toy review: Spot-it!
Wednesday, December 7th, 2011
Holiday season has arrived! As you shop for the ideal gifts, keep in mind that games are a great vehicle for developing your child’s skills. Use this gift giving opportunity to buy a game that will challenge your child’s perceptual skills in a fun, creative, and interactive way.
How do you play?
Each Spot-It! card contains 8 symbols out of a bank of 50 universal symbols. Two cards are drawn at the same time, and placed face up. The object of the game is to find one matching symbol between the two cards. Be the first player to call out the name of the matching symbol.
Therapeutically, this game challenges visual perception skills. It requires accurate visual scanning of the symbols on each card and solid figure-ground discrimination to pick out the relevant symbol from the whole array. It also demands good matching, visual memory, and visual discrimination skills in order to locate the one match between the cards. Players must be able to recognize and identify the matching symbol, even though the symbol may be a different size or in different orientation, tapping into visual form constancy.
For detailed explanations of all of the visual perception terms, click on the “Glossary” tab on the left column of our potsot.com website.
Who can play?
The game is intended for 2-8 players, ages 7+. Because the symbols are universally recognized, such as hearts, ladybugs, snowflakes, and simple words such as Stop, Art, and Ok, accurate reading skills are not critical to play the game, and we have used it successfully with 6 year olds.
Spot-It! includes 55 cards neatly packed in a tin container. Its small size makes it easy to store and ideal for travel. The game is relatively inexpensive and in addition to the regular game, there are 5 mini-games, each with its own set of rules and objectives, making the game more versatile and interesting.
Aviva Goldwasser, OTR/L
Dr. Chaye Lamm Warburg, DPS, OTR/L