Monday, March 16, 2009
One of Tsia's friends gave her this adorable matching game for her birthday.
The illustrations are done by Melissa Sweet, who also has a number of books to her credit. As much as I like our original matching game, I adore these cards because they're really thick and chunky. It makes them fun to handle. And the illustrations are so charming: the bear on a bicycle is my favorite.
The cards also feature a group of characters who re-appear in a variety of situations, so in addition to playing matching we use the cards to make up stories about the characters in the illustrations. I've been working with Tsia to develop some story-telling skills, which has also resulted in some very amusing handmade books I'll show you sometime. I write down the story that she tells, and then she illustrates it. But these cards have been great for quick little tales on the fly, just to help her learn a bit about narrative.