I Spy Spectacular!
A challenging game with an innovative playing platform. Built on the concept of the popular I Spy books, this is a fun way to develop visual discrimination--the ability to notice small details. There are two very different games with reversible images on the cards and rings of the spinner platform.
Game 1: Players take turns at spinning the rings. When the spinner stops an arrow points to a pie-shaped area. Players must then look for two cards that match the multiple images in that section. Players who find the two matching cards receive a token. The winner of the game is the first to collect 10 tokens. The game can be played co-operatively and we suggest doing that especially with younger players.
Game 2: Flip the cards and the images on the spinner rings. The center ring has the words And or Not. Spin the platform; if the middle ring says AND the players must find a card that shows the object on the top ring and the bottom ring. If the middle rings says NOT players must find cards that do not have either of the objects pictured. Game 2 may be visually easier, but the concept of looking for something that is not there can be daunting for young players. I Spy Spectacular is labeled 5 & up. We think 5's will like playing co-operatively or with a partner. There are a lot of very small images that may be tough going for many fives who still tend to look at the world more globally. They will need practice in noticing small details. In part, that is what makes this a good game for developing this kind of fine tuned looking--a skill needed for reading. The company has signed a verification form complying with our safety requirements. We did not independently test this toy in a lab.
Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2011.