Teach Through Games: I Spy Ready, Set, Silhouette!

Teach Through Games: I Spy Ready, Set, Silhouette!

Age level: Early Elementary

Description: I use many I Spy books and games with my students, but Ready, Set, Silhouette from Briarpatch as become a new favorite. This is a great game for working on higher-order matching skills, and the silhouette cards are particularly motivating for many of my learners. The game includes instructions for four different ways to play, from beginner to advanced, which makes it easy to find the right fit for your learner and/or use the materials in multiple ways.


Players try to be the first to find the match their silhouette card to a picture card.


Skills & Modifications: Because the game provides instructions for multiple ways to play, there’s little need for you to modify it. There are some descriptions of modifications below, but typically one of the four games described in the instructions will be well-suited for your learner.

Tacting/Labeling – With some students, I simply  hold up the silhouette cards and ask them to identify each shape. It’s a nice activity for learners who have a large repertoire of tacts (labels of items) to help with generalization.

Scanning – When attempting to match each card, the learners must scan both the silhouette card and the picture cards. This game requires much more difficult scanning skills than many other games designed for young learners.

Matching – At its root, this game is just a matching game, but is uses unique materials to provide opportunities for expanding matching skills. For some learners, I modify the game so that the learner is presented with two picture cards (one matching, one non-matching) and one silhouette card. I then slowly increase the number of picture cards visible so that the learner is able to match cards out of a larger field.

Orientation – One of the best aspects of this game is that it requires players to figure out the appropriate orientation for each card, which includes not just rotating the card, but also turning it over. It’s a skill that many learners with autism struggle with, so if you’re learner is motivated by these materials, it offers a great opportunity for practicing it.

Accepting Mistakes/Errors – I love that trial and error is built into this game. It offers multiple opportunities for your learner to get an incorrect response, then correct it independently or with minimal prompts.

Pros: I cannot stress enough the multiple ways in which you can use these unique materials. It is well worth the investment!

Cons: The only con is that each picture card has eight images, so it definitely is not appropriate for learners who cannot scan a field containing that many items.

ispyCost: $14.99 You should invest in this game if: you are seeking games for siblings to play, you are teaching early elementary students, or you are looking for unique materials for teaching visual perception skills.

ABLLS: A10, B5, B7, G4, G9, G47

VB-MAPP: Tact 7, VP-MTS 6, VP-MTS 8


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