Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Red Rover, Red Rover.....

I have to say, this is by FAR the best money we - err, Santa - has ever spent on a toy!  We are talking about the Red Rover, Red Rover game by Mattel.  (I was not asked to review this and have received nothing for it.)

It was picked up as sort of an after thought.  Christopher has a "thing" for dogs. His favorite sign is dog, and one of his favorite shows is Kipper the Dog. He is on the waiting list for his assist dog too. :) 

It usually takes Christopher a while to warm up to a new toy, which is why we have so many still in the box!  However, he was taken with this one right out of the box.

We played on the lowest level - Puppy level.  You take the bones and spread them out face down.  For most children, this would mean all over the room but it worked well just on the table. I put them all out at first, but that seemed a little too much.  He wouldn't turn them over, so we also  put them face up so that he could see the colors. You push the dog's nose and Rover asks for a colored bone. I put three bones in front of Christopher and he chooses a bone and inserts it in Rover's mouth (great OT work here!).  Rover then tells you if you have the correct answer.  Rover gives nice positive reinforcement when the answer is correct.  If the answer is incorrect, he asks for another bone.

Christopher was able to get all but one correct!  We were so happy, and so was he! Especially since there were several colors that we haven't reviewed yet, like pink, purple, brown, white, and black. The only one he did not get correct was black. 

All in all, this was a great investment!  For mobile kids - it can be used to wear them out.  Hide the bones all over your house.  The next level asks for colors, letters, numbers, and shapes. This will last us a while. It is also nice because you can make the game as long as it holds their attention.

I would think that it would not be too hard to make a file folder version of this game that you could customize accordingly.  However, part of the fun is Rover's response. 



P.S.  As soon as Blogger lets me put picures on the blog again, I'll post one of Red Rover.

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Blogger Lacey said...

Wow what a great toy! I had a therapist today tell me she was hopeful Jax would get to a point where he could use some kind of switch or Ipad to tell us his wants! I was floored, but I can't help but be hopeful too!

January 13, 2011 at 8:51 PM  

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