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Play Concentration with a twist--match halves of proverbs or pictures from Japanese folk tales, for example. Create clamshells "cards" with bright Crayola® Markers!
The noble classes of old Japan played a matching game using exquisitely illustrated sea shells. The insides of the shells were painted with scenes from popular stories or legends. The shells’ backs all had the same design. Players had to match a scene or verse connected with a traditional story. Sometimes half a proverb or quote would be depicted and the object was to find its other half.
Choose a story or theme for your shell illustrations. You could choose Japanese folk tales or any other topic you are studying. Trim off the edges of sturdy paper bowls with Crayola Scissors to make shell shapes.
With Crayola Markers, draw parts of the story inside the bowls. Draw pictures twice (or once if you use connected pictures such as the basket, red hood, bed, and wolf from Little Red Riding Hood, for example).
Turn over the bowls and decorate their backs with the same pattern.
Agree on your game rules with other players. You could place the shells in a random pattern and have each player turn over two at a time to find matches. Or put out half of the shells and distribute the rest of the shells among the players. The players then match only what they have in the their hands.
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