Looking for some hands-on ways to teach art history in your homeschool? Birdcage Press offers a plethora of fun ways to do just that, including the memory match style game “Art Ditto.”
We recently got an opportunity to review an assortment of educational games and resources from Birdcage Press, and Art Ditto was the first one that my 7 year-old son and 11 year-old daughter wanted to try out.
The game consists of 48 sturdy “art tiles” and 8 big collecting cards (each with a theme, such as boats). Kids play a memory-style matching game with the tiles, collecting sets of items like boats, cats, flowers and horses from great works of art.
My kids enjoyed playing with the tiles and the game offered a unique way to compare different artists and really pay attention to how the artists worked.
Pros for the game include:
- The cards (or “tiles”) are quite sturdy and well made.
- Just about any age of child can use the cards, starting at the preschool age (or even before).
- The cards include words in four languages.
- Kids get a feeling for how various artists’ techniques varied even with the same subject matter.
- It’s a fun, hands on way for kids to learn.
- The game won the Parents’ Choice Recommended Award and the Creative Child Game of the Year Award
With a retail price of $24.95, the price is a little high but it’s comparable to other educational games.
Birdcage Press also offers an American art version of the game.
Art Ditto can be ordered online at Birdcage Press or Amazon.com (Amazon’s current best price for the game is through Trend Sales), or it can be ordered locally through Barnes and Noble in Mankato.