Learning with Dobble/Spot-It

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I was so excited to get the game Dobble (UK), also known as Spot-It (US) (affiliates), for my birthday this year!

 

 

 

If you don’t know it, Dobble is a card game in which you match cards according to the pictures on them. Each card has 8 pictures, and each card matches every other card in the deck, so when you see a match you have to shout “snowman” or whatever the match is. It is usually a fast-paced party game.

“So how can I use this to teach my tot?” I hear you ask! And “what educational value is there in it?”

Let’s deal with the “why”: Have you ever known a child to struggle telling the letter b from letter d? Or one who confuses the 2 and 5 on a digital clock? (Much to a parent’s distress…) That is to do with a skill called visual discrimination – discriminating between the different characteristics of letters or numbers. In other words, it is important for reading, writing, mathematics… Dobble allows you to practice visual discrimination in a fun and friendly way.

“How can I use it?”: The way Bunny and I use Dobble is by taking turns rather than the regular “whoever shouts the shape first wins the card”. If, however, Bunny sees the match between the cards before me when it is my turn, I let her take the card. We choose one of three game styles: trying to get rid of all of your cards; trying to win the cards from the middle; or laying the cards out in a grid, face-up, and spotting matches as quickly as you can, being allowed to take multiple cards if they all have the same object on.

Since Bunny loves to play games, this really works for us.

I wanted to know how Dobble works (can there really be exactly one match between every pair of cards?), so when I saw someone had made their own version (!) I looked at the page and found a link to Radigan Engineering. This site had comments from people talking about making their own versions with sight words or family photos. One man has made a site where you can easily create your own from pictures. (The pictures are only stored on your own computer).

We’re on Review Week 2 from Raising Rock Stars Preschool so I thought I would make a review game using the colour, shape, number and letters of the week for the six weeks we are reviewing:

rrsp-review-dobble

You can download RRSP Review Week 2 Dobble and use it in your learning if it helps you!

bunny-playing-review-dobble

Bunny really enjoyed it! I made a second version as she found the lower case v, z and x difficult to distinguish from the upper case V, Z and X. I made the colour of those letters different from any other colour I’d already used in the game. If your tot would find that easier, you can download the simplified version of RRSP Review 2 Dobble instead.

Tips:

  • I decided to print mine on 9-to-a-page, similar to regular playing card size, but you can choose what size to print yours (2, 4, 6, or 9 to a page are easy to do in Adobe Acrobat), and I would make sure you tick the “Print page border” option
  • Using the make-your-own website and wondering how I made the text in the font (Primer Print) and colour I wanted? Each object is a picture, even the numbers and letters, which I made in Paint. It didn’t take long once I worked out how to do it! I slightly regretted having to make letters and numbers in the colour white…
  • I struggled to get my game into pdf format so I could have card outlines. Your computer may be different, but in the end I: used 4×6 card size on the website; printed from there into Microsoft xps writer using envelope size C6; used an online converter to turn the xps document into a pdf
  • You can set the images to be rotated to any orientation but you need to leave quite a large white space around the edges if you want to do this and not lose any of your image

Thanks for reading! I’ve been inspired to play more games in school this January as I followed along with the My Little Poppies Gameschool Challenge.

Linking up to Tot School at 1+1+1=1.

NumberJacqui

 

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