We’ve got yet another new game to tell you about this week – our new Fish Spell game is up and running – well, swimming – online! You might have already guessed – Fish Spell is all about spelling! Kids have to choose a letter displayed on fish swimming past to complete a word on a treasure chest on the ocean floor. When the word’s complete, the chest opens!
(Here’s a handy tip: the word is spoken at the beginning of the game, but if you hover over the cute little snail on the bottom left of the screen you’ll hear it repeated!)
The Importance of Spelling
There’s an idea floating around that spelling isn’t as important as it used to be, what with the abundance of automatic spell checkers, and auto-correction tools. And while those tools do exist today, learning spelling at a young age is crucial, as it creates a basis for fluent reading skills, comprehension and proficient writing skills!
Aside from teaching spelling, an early learning skill, Timocco’s motion gaming platform means the game works on a number of other motor and cognitive skills, such as posture and balance, hand-eye coordination, upper body strength, motor accuracy and efficiency and visual perception and discrimination.
If you’re planning a game for some family ‘Timocco Time’ this week or next, Fish Spell is another new fun way for kids to learn an important core skill. If you want to read a little more about planning your Timocco Time in 2015 take a look at the last blog post, but we’re suggesting at least 10-15 minutes of family time playing Timocco once a week as a fun way to get started developing skills at home in-between therapy sessions.
Like all our games, the settings in Fish Spell’s control panel are configurable to suit individual children with different functioning levels and developmental ages. As always, Range of Motion can be set to best suit any child’s capability. The game’s setting panel offers a number of different options – word length, difficulty and even the speed of the fish swimming past can be varied.
We hope you enjoy the game, and as always, if you’d like to leave us some feedback, or have an idea of your own you’d like to share, we’d be very happy to hear from you!
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