Saturday, December 26, 2009
My children always beg to open a gift on CHRISTmas Eve. They get new, washed-and-ready-to-wear pajamas that night. This year, I let them open a family gift with the condition that everyone sit down with me to play it. It's a board game I found at Target called STARE! Junior.
Product description from Amazon Dot Com: "Product Description
Kids can test and train their visual memory skills and have a blast doing it. In Stare! Junior - the game - players have 30 seconds to stare at an image on a card. Images are varied and fun for kids to look at. It might be a movie poster, funny photo, comic, work of art and more. When time is up, an opponent will flip over the card and ask the player a series of questions about the image to see how much they can recall. What was the clown holding in his left hand? What color was the girl's hat? Guess right and advance on the game board. Kids can play individually or on teams. The revised Second Edition includes larger image cards containing all new images and questions! Includes 960 questions on 160 image cards, game board, sand timer, playing pieces, die, and instruction sheet. "
It's is more difficult for the children than I thought it would be. My daughter with asd has little experience scanning a picture for details in preparation for answering questions about it later-- I saw that quickly in the first round. (Her anxiety shot sky high with the first question about the picture she scanned for 30 seconds.) In fact, all of my children could use more practice at it. Much to the upset of my son, we let his sister w/ asd look at the photo not only before but also after we asked her a question about the picture. She needs to be able to do that as a scaffold to understand what to scan for in the 30 seconds she has to look at the picture. STARE, Junior is definitely something she and I will modify and use for attention to detail pre-writing exercises as we school at home.
After a couple of rounds of STARE, Junior, we decided to keep it short and successful, so we put that game away and played UNO.