Toy review #3 Memory Game

Here we are again! During the last week, Aaliyaa and I played another game. The game titled ‘Memory game’. The game has 10 picture cards. Along with that, there is a blue coloured cardholder, wherein the picture cards are inserted. The blue coloured cardholder has squares on them wherein the triangular holders are kept. The pictures will give you more clarity.


The blue cardholder

The cards

The tokens

We play this game by inserting the card in the blue card holder. Then we place all the tokens above all the small squares to cover the pictures. The players will have to pick up one token at one time. The same player will then pick up the second token. If the player pick the tokens with matching pictures like a clock, then that player possesses those tokens. If the player does not pick the tokens with matching pictures then he or she will place those tokens back to their original position. The players have to be very attentive to remember the position of the pictures in order to win the game. The player who has the maximum number of tokens will win the game.

The perfect family board game is one that can be played each time with fewer pieces

Robert Breault

The game includes 5 types of picture cards which are graded well. The first card is about look-alike pictures. A picture of the boy has to be matched with another picture of the same boy. Likewise, a picture of the candle has to be matched with the picture of the same candle. The first level is to strengthen my working memory of the child without any other variable.

The same pictures of the objects in the picture card.

The second level of picture card is wherein the picture is broken in two pieces. The players have to pick up the token for parts of the same object. For example, the cake is divided from the center and placed at two places. The players have to pick the token with those pieces of cakes. The players with a maximum number of tokens will win the game. This card will strengthen the child’s working memory as well as visual perception skills. You may read more about visual perception skills in the link below.

The pictures of the object broken into two halves. The players have to pick tokens with those pieces.

The third level is to strengthen the perspective skills along with the working memory. The pictures are shown if clicked from the front side and reverse side. The child has to remember two variables here. One, the picture of the same object, along with that the angles it is presented. The picture of the card is below for reference. So the child tries to relate and remember information presented on the front side to match with the reverse side.

Pay attention to the front and back view of an elephant. You might need to train children who struggle to understand perspectives visually.

The fourth picture card has pictures of the ‘young ones’. This card strengthens the working memory and the visual memory of the animals and their young ones. Visuals help children remember better. The pace of learning improves when the visuals are accompanied with the words. This helps to build the receptive and expressive language of the child. Please refer to the pictures below:

The picture of animals and their young ones. As parents you might replace pictures with words to give vocabulary to your kid.

Finally, the last card is for higher order thinking. This card strengthens the working memory and helps in understanding the functions of those objects. The objects are related to each other based on the function. So a lock and key are connected because we use the key to open the lock. We can play the game as the process and when the child picks up related objects, we could ask them to explain the reason for them to be connected and related. We are not only strengthening their memory and understanding of objects. But also building on their language skills to explain the reason. It is very crucial to encourage our learner to verbalise their thinking through words.

Each time, I write toy review blog I feel delighted and thrilled. As I could be a medium for all the parents out there, who might have been unaware of the productive material for their child.

PS. I do not propagate any manufacturer or seller. These are my personal experiences and views. You may think differently and I would love to hear your views. Please do not hesitate to share.

When disability is an Obstruction of mind

The worst thing about a disability is that the people see it before they see you

Easter Seals

I have been sitting in my room to interact with many parents to guide them on the areas to be worked with their kid, the dos and don’ts ( assuming they ll follow all). I religiously perform my duty of sitting with them for hours to tell them what should they do, just with the thought that they should not waste the child’s crucial years of intervention to bring a change in their lives. However, meeting the parents one after the other had made me realise that it has been easy for me as an educator to push them forward to work with the child or take them a psycho-educational assessment, however, unaware what goes in a parent’s mind. 

Being the parent of the child, they certainly wish the best for their child, though they still take days pondering over the idea. Why so? I generally scream this question loud in my head, until one day, a parent sat in my room and said “What will happen if I go for the assessment? Will my child be labelled for years and seen through that lens always? This question stayed with me for long and I have been pondering on this for a while. 

The fear they have is somewhere right, as the society we live in works on ‘labelling’ for easy categorization and communication. However, in that process, the child’s self-esteem and confidence are taken for a toss. The words like ‘dyslexia’, ‘autism’ are looked with negative connotations than with the aspect of individuality. The system as a whole is closed to deviations and prefer all falling in the same box. Thus, the struggle of getting acceptance increases.

So, what could be done? Here is the easiest thing we all could do. ACCEPT, ACCEPT AND just ACCEPT (Always See Someone with Exceptional Personality and Temperament)! We need to accept that the individuals are unique beings who are there with their own strengths and weaknesses like you and me. You might be an excellent orator while I might be a talented dancer. But you do not count my weaknesses and put me down. Instead, you work along with me to help me either live with them or overcome them. So next time while you walk in the park or go for a movie and you meet an individual who  ‘looks’ different, just given them a SMILE and accept. Do not let your judgemental mind take over and have assumptions. JUST ACCEPT! If a parent or colleague tells you that his child is autistic or dyslexic, just accept and listen to them. JUST ACCEPT!