Ghost Blitz is a fast moving shape and color recognition card game. The game is comprised of a stack of cards, and a small wooden white ghost, “Balduin”, as well as four additional wooden objects that represent the things he likes to make disappear when he is haunting his house: a grey mouse, a red chair, a blue book, and a green bottle. The cards include colored illustrations of select wooden objects, but the colors on the card don’t always match the wooden representations. As each player takes a turn at drawing a card, all players race to grab the wooden objects that match the correctly colored illustrated objects, or the wooden objects that are not represented by color or object on the cards. The player who grabs the correct object keeps the card, returns the wooden object to the table, and the player with the most cards at the end of the game is declared the winner. A game to keep everyone on their toes!
- Players practice verbal and nonverbal communication skills within the context of a multiplayer game situation as they interact during the course of the game.
- Players practice expressive language skills as they are encouraged to identify the playing card’s characteristics to each other during each turn of play.
- Players practice social pragmatics during course of the game as players are given the opportunity to confirm or challenge other players matching of cards and objects during each turn of play.
- To develop and strengthen verbal skills, require players to call out object name before grabbing it. Players who do not remember to say the object aloud will lose the selected card.
- To develop expressive language skills, instruct each player to choose 10 cards from the deck at random. Use 5-7 of the cards to tell or act out with the wooden pieces a short story.
- To develop social pragmatic skills, use Ghost Blitz in a social skills group and provide players visual cue cards to reference for speech or body language use during play to respond to other players.
- Players utilize and strengthen visual processing skills as they decode the Ghost Blitz cards’ colors and illustrated objects in relation to the degree that they match the wooden objects.
- Players utilize and strengthen their memory and recall skills as they gradually learn to rely less on referencing Ghost Blitz’ wooden objects to verify color and identity against the cards’ illustrations.
- Players utilize basic math skills as they track the number of Ghost Blitz’ cards each of them have won over the course of the game.
- To develop visual processing skills and understanding of relative scale, instruct each player to take turns selecting a card and identify the matching wooden pieces. Referencing the card illustration, player must select the smaller object and pass it to facilitator first, followed by the larger object.
- To develop sorting and classification skills, instruct player to sort cards based certain characteristics displayed on the card such as the color that appears most prominently on the card (other than the background color of yellow).
- To develop memory skills, use the Ghost Blitz cards in a game of Concentration in which the cards are turned face down and the players have to match cards based on predesignated set of characteristics such as colors or characters.
- To gradually introduce game concepts, begin players with the cards that illustrate colored objects that exactly match the wooden objects and gradually add in cards.
- Read participants the story of the Ghost Blitz game, provided in the instructions, to make the game more relevant and meaningful.
- Players practice improving frustration tolerance as they gradually learn to more quickly identify the matching or missing features from the Ghost Blitz cards as related to the wooden objects.
- Players practice turn taking as they each pick a Ghost Blitz card from the pile to initiate play.
- Players practice their interpersonal skills development as they decide on which version of the Ghost Blitz game to play and debate correct identification of colors and objects.
- To develop social interaction skills and teamwork, a pair of players will develop a “Ghost Blitz” story or cartoon in which one player writes the story and the other illustrates it.
- To develop confidence in more introverted players, assign players to two person teams to facilitate inter-player dialogue.
- To develop confidence in social interactions, pair player with a peer to build a haunted house within which players can place and play with the Ghost Blitz pieces and other appropriately sized toys.
- To lessen anxieties surrounding fast reaction speed to object identification, play soothing music in the background during game play.
- To lessen anxieties surrounding fast reaction speed to object identification, grant participants who need it extra time to respond to the card draw before the others are permitted to make a play.
Developmental Processes Promoted
- Visual Attention & Processing
- Social Interaction
- Visual Discrimination
- Turn Taking
- Object Recognition and Identification
- Approximate Price:
- Age Range:
- Surface Wipe
- Levels of Play:
- One Level