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Playing games with family or friends can offer enjoyment and satisfaction for everyone involved. New games continue to be offered, especially as the holidays approach. The toy stores and media can give more new ideas than we can imagine! Here is a creative game that can be easily adapted and used in various ways, by one to four players. Color concepts are presented within a creative learning environment, with opportunities to interact and see the results of choices.

Color Clown[TM] contains four playing boards with clowns containing shapes to be matched and colors to be changed. Thirty-six translucent tiles in three shapes and three colors are included. There are two dice which determine the shape to be matched and the color to be made. The object of the game is to match the shape rolled on the first die, and to create the color of the second die. After placing a tile on the board, the color may change, depending on the choice. If an incorrect choice is made, the player loses a turn. The winner is the first to fill the board with the tiles needed to change the clowns to their new colors.

Several modifications can be made to this game. The board may be outlined with balsa wood trim using a hot-glue gun (available in hobby shops) to provide a guide as pieces are placed on the board. The pieces may need to be slid across a table top or other surface, either by the player's hand or by using a mouthstick or dowel, to assist in moving the pieces into place. The dice or other methods may be used to select the color and shape for the next move. Each tile may be traced onto an index card, which may be colored. Another player may select a card for the next person, or all of the cards can be shown while the player points to the one to be played, using any pointing response.

Overlays can also be made for use in selecting colors and shapes using devices such as Dial Scan TM. One overlay could be used through the Unicorn Expanded Keyboard[TM] With an Apple 11 computer. Additional technology may be necessary to give individuals who are unable to move pieces onto the board an active role in the game.

New rules can always be made, such as requiring the cards to be filled within a certain time limit. The winner would have the card with the most pieces or a completed card. Players could work in teams, with one team member choosing the shape and color and another member completing the card. The options are endless. Use your imagination but, most of all, have fun ! Color Clowns[TM] is available from Such A Business, 5533 College Ave., Oakland, Calif. 94618, (415) 655-6641. Dial Scan[TM] and the Unicorn Expanded Keyboard[TM] are available from Don Johnston Developmental Equipment, Inc., P.O. Box 639, 1000 N. Rand Road, Building 115, Wauconda, Ill. 60084,(800) 999-4660.

Alice Wershing is Toy Program Coordinator and Computer Resource Specialist at the Disabled Children's Computer Group in Berkeley, California. The author wishes to thank Dawn Panttaja for her continued support and guidance in selecting toys with many possibilities.
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Author:Wershing, Alice
Publication:The Exceptional Parent
Article Type:evaluation
Date:Nov 1, 1990
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