Play: Put the cards in the middle of the table in a scattered pile and take turns picking cards, saying its name and drawing the symbol/shape/letter/number on a piece of plain copy paper.
Benefits: This game helps people to learn symbols, shapes, letters, and numbers in a less stressful way, and offers them a reason to write/draw them. It also offers players a chance to be as creative as they want to be. If the player creates a scene, or a picture, then creative thinking skills is an added benefit.
Some of the symbols, shapes, letters and numbers we used: The alphabet: upper and lower case letters, basic numbers 1-9, basic shapes, heart, wavy lines, arrow, straight lines, star, diamond, etc..
Tips and Suggestions…
- We play with about 40 cards but feel free to make as many or as few as you want.
- Those who know the symbol, shape, letter or number say its name and everyone draws or writes it. If the it is not known, a player that does know can help out.
- There is no time limit for this game, we played until we agreed that we were done. A time or card limit can be set if needed.
- Advance to drawing animals, flowers, cars, household items, more difficult shapes and patterns, etc. when players are ready.
- After writing instructions on an index card, store cards in a zip-top bag.
- Once the cards have been created, they can be used to make up other fun games. Make up your own rules and instructions and write them down.
- Players should be as creative as they want to be while playing this open-ended game. If they want to turn a rectangle into book, an octagon into a stop sign, or turn wavy lines into a road, then that should be encouraged. Players can choose to incorporate all the cards into one scene in some creative way. One of my kids created a picture of a Medieval reenactment. The more creative the better!