PAIRSinPEARS

Promoted Skills

Product Description

PAIRSinPEARS is a game that can grow with the entire family! It consists of 8 educational and fun activities for pre-readers to beginning readers and 2 games that include many levels of play. Each set of PAIRSinPEARS includes 4 full alphabet tile sets in with letters in black, polka dot, stripes and outline, which add texture and fun to play. PAIRSinPEARS incorporates learning into a fun game all zipped up in one pear-shaped bag!

Cognitive 4

Skills

  • Problem solving skills are utilized as children turn the letters to place them correctly.
  • Letter and word recognition are targeted and simple spelling is encouraged in the skill-building activities and games.
  • Visual discrimination skills can be heightened as children differentiate between letters that look similar such as, O and Q or W and M. 

Play Ideas

  • Spell the child’s name using the PAIRSinPEARS tiles. Challenge the child to try making his name by using different-tiled patterns or using the same patterned tiles.
  • A caregiver can choose one letter and ask the child what letter comes before or after in the alphabet.  Continue by taking turns and letting the child pick a letter tile and ask the caregiver alphabet questions.
  • Sort the tiles into two piles: vowels and consonants.

Adaptation Ideas

  • Limit the number of tiles given to the child at one time. Gradually introduce more tiles and tile patterns as the child becomes familiar with PAIRSinPEARS. 

Physical 3

Skills

  • Trace over the letters on the tiles with one isolated finger. This encourages fine motor skills needed for life skills such as zipping up a coat.
  • Picking up the tiles encourage pincer grasp, wrist rotation, and arm movement.
  • PAIRSinPEARS helps children practice eye-hand coordination and fine motor skills such as pincer grasp. 

Play Ideas

  • A caregiver can challenge a child to see how many letters of the alphabet he can stack up before they topple over.
  • A caregiver can create a PAIRSinPEARS scavenger hunt by placing tiles around the house up high and down low to promote gross motor skills.
  • During clean up, open the PAIRSinPEARS bag and try to toss the tiles into the bag. Count how many make it into the bag. 

Adaptation Ideas

  • Place non-skid shelf liner on the table to help keep the tiles in place and assist with picking up the tiles during play.
  • Give each player a cookie sheet to use as the play space to keep tiles within reach. Add non-skid shelf liner on the cookie sheet to assist with grip.
  • Place a small piece of Velcro on the blank side of all the tiles and create a Velcro sheet that the child can place the tiles on during play. 

Social/Emotional 3

Skills

  • Peer/social interaction is encouraged as kids engage in game play. 
  • Letter recognition and identification are targeted and simple spelling is encouraged using the tiles during game play and skill-building activities.
  • Memory skills are used as children remember the letters of the alphabet and the sounds they make.

Play Ideas

  • A caregiver can introduce phonics using the tiles in PAIRSinPEARS. As each tile is shown to the child, state the name of the letter and the different sounds it can make.
  • A caregiver can ask the child questions like, “Name an animal that starts with the letter B.” Other suggestions would be: name a color, food, place or toy.
  • A child can use the PAIRSinPEARS tiles to practice spelling his weekly school spelling words or words provided by a caregiver. 

Developmental Processes Promoted

Additional Details

Approximate Price:
$11.99
Age Range:
3+
Directions:
Pictorial
Levels of Play:
Five or More Levels
Storability:
Easy
Washability:
Surface Wipe

AblePlay Rating

PAIRSinPEARS

Developmental Skill Rating (1-5)
Physical 3
Sensory 3
Communicative 3
Cognitive 4
Social/Emotional 3

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