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Spot it! Basic English

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Age:6+
MSRP:$16.99 ca
$12.99 us
Model:00522
Editor's Review

Like the original Spot It!, this matching game enhances observation skills. But instead of matching just pictures, there are also simple words to match. Decoding the words and matching them to the corresponding image ups the challenge and provides a fun way to practice sight word recognition - a fun way to encourage beginning readers. Also available in French (Canada) or Spanish (U.S.) versions, which are easily combined to make a multilingual game - perfect for immersion students.

Tester Reviews

This game continues to be a favourite with our girls, ages 5 and 7, as well as when they have friends over to play. It has kept all ages entertained for quite a while! A great game for the entire family (as long as kids can read easy sight words like "boat" or "orange"). Keeps the adults and kids guessing as you search your card for a match. We found it more difficult than the regular Spot It, because both words and pictures can be matched. In the original Spot It you were always matching pictures, making it a bit easier once you got the hang of it. The english version blends seamlessly with the Basic French deck and the two decks can be played interchangeably if wanted. Julie Jolicoeur

We've tried some other games from this company, including Spot It! for younger children. The game play of this is quite similar, but they've upped the challenge (and perhaps educational value) by adding a combination of words and pictures. It is essentially a matching game (with a few different ways to play). Sometimes you're matching picture-picture, or picture-word, or word-word. The words are not terribly difficult, but some take our 6 & 7 year olds a bit of time. In fact, while the words definitely add to the dynamic, they do make it a little less of a family-friendly game. With just pictures, 4-7 year olds could hold their own with adults. With this game, the extra processing time seemed to cause an imbalance with the 6 and 7 year old we played with. Still, family and friends have all had fun so far! Mike Roy

This is a fun, eductional game (for both adults and kids) that increases reading skills, pattern and sight word recognition, language skills and focus. The game requires a sharp eye and quick reflexes and it keeps you engaged. Promotes laughter. My six year old daughter had a lot of fun playing the game with her family... This game is travel friendly and my daughter was able to take it in her little purse to visit with her friends and extended family. We went through the vocabulary before staring the games to ensure that she was able to read all the words. Rachel Pond

Manufacturer's Description

Spot it! Basic English boosts emergent reading skills while having fun! Players race to be the first to spot matches between a word and its corresponding picture, between two pictures, or between two words. This educational edition of the best selling Spot it! game includes sight words, the most common words in English. Automatic recognition of words builds confidence and speeds literacy development. Parents can play Spot it! Basic English to reinforce learning at home while bonding with their child. (Also available in Spanish & French!) A fun learning tool for kindergarten through second grade. Skills: Visual Perception; Focus; Reaction Time; Reading Comprehension; Sight Word Recognition.

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