What is it
The game consists of 36 picture tiles, each with a vibrant and recognizable image, and language independent: no translation necessary. Each image belongs to one of six colour groups; Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, and Black; and one of six categories; People, Animals, Food, Transportation, Structures (houses, etc.) and Objects, or Manufactured Objects.
The images measure 2½ inches square and are mounted on heavy board to make them durable and easy to handle. The cards can be used to create an almost endless variety of games such as matching categories, matching colours and memory recall. A random group of cards can also suggest a story or encourage conversation.
Instructions included with PicLink include several other ways to play as well, and people are creating new ways all the time. Because there is no real structure, the possibilities for play are limited only by your imagination.
What our team of testers said
"I have put all the pictures where they should go." - Boy aged 4
"Banana and chick, yes, they are both yellow." - Girl aged 4
- Refines categorisation skills
- Promotes colour recognition
- Encourages storytelling
What our experts think
These picture cards are so versatile and can be used in a diverse set of games, building skills in categorisation, colour recognition and storytelling. One of our testers even made up his own game where he placed different cards next to their real-life object – i.e. blue pencils next to a blue pencil, and shoes next to his carer’s feet.
The versatility of these cards means that they have excellent skill value – children are required to use their problem-solving and categorisation skills to work out which cards belong together, as well as their memory skills to work out which card is missing. They were also great for encouraging discussion and storytelling – which promotes communication and listening skills in addition to vocabulary building and creativity. The cards could also be used as a teaching aid, to help children with their story writing.
- RRP: £32.99
- Brands: Best Alzheimer's Products
- No batteries required
- Toy Types: Puzzles & games
- Types of skills developed: Categorisation & comparison
Colour, shape and pattern recognition
Listening and attention
Logic, strategy & problem solving
Memory, concentration & attention
Personal, social & emotional development
Speech, language and communication skills
Teamwork, turn taking & sharing
Understanding the world