Green Board Games’s Shaperise is the memory shape game designed by winner of the Young Games Inventor 11 year old Sebastian Fleming-Smith.
Shaperise is a mix between shape and memory with the aim of the game being to memorise the pattern of coloured blocks. The beauty of this game is it can be played in a variety of ways. This allows a fair game for those of different abilities or even wants. Shaperise is aimed at those ages 8 and over, with two to four players; but depending on how you play it can be adapted for a younger audience and more players (or on your own or you could even get into teams).
Shaperise helps the development of observation, memory and recall skills; whilst supporting shape and colour recognition skills. Good for hand-eye coordination, fine motor development, quick thinking, visual perception, attention, concentration and thinking
Green Board Games (GBG) creates board games for the whole family and has frequently been told that SEN children particularly enjoy playing its games. The company has decided to support three initiatives with the aim of letting more parents of autistic and SEN children know about its games. Shaperise is good for children with Autism because it can be adapted to hold their attention, facilitates the development of their social and cognitive skills; is visual-spatial and bright/colourful.
- 60 Cards – with 3 difficulty levels (scoring 1, 3 and 5 points)
- 4 lots of 10 different coloured blocks
- A rules sheet
- A timer
- A nice cardboard box to store them all in
How to Play Shaperise
- Turn over a card and look at it for thirty seconds (using the timer provided) and memorise the pattern
- Turn the card back over so that you cannot see the pattern and then recreate it from memory
- The first person to recreate the pattern correctly wins the card!
If you do not like this competitive nature then you can repeat steps 1 and 2 above but each player just takes it in turns; then it is just whether they got it right or not as to if they get to keep the card.
A third version is that everyone takes a card at the same time and tries to recreate their individual shape – you can then decide whether it is just the first person to finish correctly gets to keep their card or everyone who correctly matches their bricks with their pattern.
A fourth idea is even simpler in that players do not have to memorise the card, the winner being the first to copy the pattern.
Conclusions of Shaperise
We found Shaperise to be a good family fun game. It was easy to get out/set up and put away quickly. It was easy to understand and very adaptable for our family’s needs (including a child with Sensory Processing Disorder). Some things it doesn’t say is to be clear on how strict you are going to be – do the colours have to be exact/is there any leniency and the same with the shape (especially some of the shapes made with the spaces between the bricks). I think it would be very useful for younger children just learning their colours too (played with an adult). However, you need to make allowances for anyone who is colour blind and decide what you will do before playing.
We played the second version but because the cards had points on them this meant that the more able players scored more highly and the less able players got upset – therefore make sure you count cards and not points in this instance and explain that the scoring is just for a different version of the game.
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