Friday, November 9, 2012

Zatswho Review & Giveaway #HolidayGiftGuide

Zatswho, LLC

Party of 5 was sent a set of Zatswho Soft Educational Cards

Brought to you by a super Grandma whose grandaughter, like any other young child, loves looking at pictures but had a tendency to smudge or crumple them! Zatswho are soft photo cards. They almost remind me of mini picture frames. They are used to insert pictures of loved ones, shapes, colors, numbers, letters, or whatever skill you want to teach! They come in a cute carrying case so that your child can take them anywhere!

They are non gender specific and very flexible and protected so that pictures are completely safe!

I decided to use them to teach Ryley some beginning sight words. He loved it! Once he learns the words that are in there they are easily replaced. The edges can also be sealed if you would like to keep what you have in there permanently

This product is great for babies, toddlers, children with special needs, seniors with memory loss, and especially Military Families!

There are tons of ways to use the awesome Zatswho Soft Educational Cards:

  • Children can work on recognition of family and identification with Zatswho® flashcards. This is especially helpful for family members the child does not see regularly.
  • Handy tote make Zatswho® flashcards portable to bring along when visiting family, encouraging story telling enhancing and preserving memories for a child.
  • There are die-cut shapes on the backs of each card that can easily be traced and felt with a finger or hand. There are two each of three shapes: heart, star and circle.
  • Pictures of familiar people, pets or beloved stuffed animals can serve as comfort when a child is in a novel situation. Give the child a familiar picture in Zatswho® flashcards to take to school, therapy or other place where the child may find comfort in the photo.
  • The Zatswho cards frame the pictures can help children focus their attention on each picture.
  • The solid color of the Zatswho® flashcards can highly contrast the picture used inside and the border serves to heighten the contrast.
  • Pointing with a finger can be used as a way to communicate a want of need to answer a question. This simple task promotes communication between two people.
  • Hone choice making skills by placing pictures of activities or food items in the Zatswho® flashcards for the children to point to.
  • Keep close by when Grammy, Poppy, Auntie or Uncle calls on the phone and show them the card of who is saying hello on the other end.
  • Group family members that live together and say who they are and where they live as your toddler grows have your toddler match these family members together.

Educational and Developmental processes and goals promoted using Zatswho® Flashcards

  • Bond with a child
  • Recognition of Family members
  • Matching
  • Visual Discrimination /Visual Processing/Visual Attention
  • Hand and Finger Grasp
  • Language Development
  • Memory and Recall
  • Color Recognition and Identification
  • Object Recognition and Identification

Communicative and Cognitive Skills

  • Children can work on family recognition and identification using the Zatswho® flashcards. This is especially helpful for family members the child does not see regularly.
  • Memory and recall skills can be the focus of play as children remember and verbally, or through sign language, name the person in the picture on each card.
  • Facilitate Learning First and Last Names of important people in a child’s life keeping a child safer
  • Children can work on object identification using pictures of toys, foods, furniture, appliances, etc.
  • Hone choice making skills by placing pictures of activities or food items in the Zatswho® flashcards for the children to point to.
  • Pointing with an isolated finger can be used as a way to communicate a want or need or to answer a question. This simple task promotes communication between two people.

Communicative and Cognitive Play Ideas:

  • When all six people are gathered in the same room, have the child match up the picture in Zatswho® flashcards to the real person by walking to that person and handing him/her the matching photo.
  • Play “find it” games such as, “Find grandpa’s nose.” Or “Find the person who is wearing a red shirt.” This helps develop listening and receptive language skills.
  • Ask questions such as, “Who is wearing a hat?” This helps children increase both receptive and expressive language skills.
  • When a child become verbal, it's important to help a child learn their first and last name. Expand upon game play by using the cards to now help them learn their own and who family member's are by first & last name.
  • Show the card photo face up and say the name of who is in the photo. Turn the card over, naming the shape of the card. When all six cards are placed down in a row with the shape side up, ask your toddler to find a picture of a family member by name.
  • Show your child a card photo face up and say the name of who is in the photo. As your infant grows, spread out the cards during playtime, say the name(s) of the person (people) in the photo and ask your toddler to point to the named person.
  • Use these cards as a simple communication device by placing appropriate pictures for the child to point to when communicating with another person.

Basic Skills Shape, Matching and Color Play Ideas:

  • Turn the cards over to teach shapes. Help your child to trace each shape with their finger as you tell them what the shape is called. Match like shapes together.
  • Teach sequence by laying out the Zatswho® flashcards shape side up: example heart, circle, star, heart, circle, star or heart, heart, circle, circle, star, star
  • Name the colors of the Zatswho® flashcard the child is holding to teach about colors
  • Count the cards each time you take the Zatswho® flashcards out of the tote and when putting the flashcards back into the tote.

Physical Skills

  • Pincer grasp can be used to hold each card with one hand.
  • Children can work on using their hands cooperatively to pick up and hold a card with both hands. This helps children bring their hands to midline.
  • Hand transferring can take place by having a child move a card from one hand to the other.
  • Eye-hand coordination is used to point to the pictures as well as pick up the cards.

Physical and Sensory Play Ideas

  • Embellish the frames with craft items to increase their tactile interest. Note: Use this idea only for children who are no longer mouthing objects as they may pose a choking hazard. Adult supervision is required.
  • Spray each frame with a different scent such as a perfume or a dab of flavored extracts. Children can associate the people in each picture with a scent.
  • Use these as simple communication cards. Place pictures of favorite foods or familiar activities for the child to point to and choose from.
  • Use refrigerator clips and attach them to the door of the refrigerator at the level a child can easily access and see.
  • Attach the cards to a child’s wheelchair tray to help teachers and therapists get to know the child better.
  • Then hide the cards in the room and have the child search to find the cards. Cards can be placed close together or far apart in the room depending on the abilities of the children. Increase the physical movement necessary by placing cards up on a table or low under a chair to encourage reaching and squatting. Further increase the challenge by giving the child a specific picture to find. 

Adaptation Ideas for Physical and Sensory Play

  • Add Braille tape on each card that indicates the name of the person or object in the picture.
  • Place the cards on a table easel for children to see sitting in an upright position.
  • Place a play block under each card in front of a child. The block helps raise the cards and can help a child who has a physical disability easily grab a card from the edges.
  • Attach a small square of self-adhesive Velcro on the corner of each card. Then have the child wear a knit mitten or glove during play. The Velcro will stick to the mitten, assisting a child in picking up a desired card without needing the physical ability to grasp it with his fingers.

This product is great for fun AND learning! Zatswho products retail for $15.99. You can find them at many local retailers, on their website Facebook, and Twitter.

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** Disclosure** The product(s) in this review were provided to me free of cost for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own and are not influenced by monetary compensation.


Felicia R said...

I like the Large Chip/ Dip sets!

raceracegirl said...

I like the Green or Orange.
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