"Spot the difference" games comprise two similar pictures with a few differences such as missing items, replaced images or colour differences. Visual cues are all around in everyday life, too, and many psychologists and scientists use variations of "spot the difference" activities to diagnose visual disabilities in children and adults. Many versions of "spot the difference" games exist for play which may increase visual perception and attention to detail in children.
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Free Online Games
Numerous children's websites contain "spot the differences" games to play at no subscription costs to parents. Two almost-exact photos appear on the screen and children are instructed to click on one picture where a difference in the two are located. Some games require you to download a Flash plug-in in order to play, which is usually available free of charge. Children's sites often display the link to download the requirements.
"Spot the Difference" Games in Print
Practice pencil gripping while finding the differences when using "spot the difference" games in print. Free printable games are available on the Internet or at area bookstores or department stores in an activity book form. An advantage to the games in print is the choice of varied themes offered. Children can spot differences in animal, pirate, home or fairy-tale pictures, as opposed to one being chosen at random as computer game options offer.
"Spot the Difference" Phone Apps
Various cell phone providers offer applications downloadable for children to play "spot the difference" games on the go. A portable method of play allows children to increase visual perception in the car, on trips to the grocery store or during well-deserved quiet times for mom. Caution should be taken when allowing children to use cell phones. Parents should use the phone's key lock option when applicable and remove all food and beverages from reach of children while using the phone.
Create Your Own "Spot the Difference" Game
Children can create their own "spot the difference" games by drawing two almost-identical pictures for friends or family members to play. Draw five or more missing or altered items within the two pictures and when artfully creating the game, draw both image scenes on one piece of paper for ease in playing. Display the differences in varied colours and sizes, not only with missing items.
Scientific "Spot the Difference"
Visit a petting zoo with the child and attempt to spot differences between two sheep, horses and pigs while integrating introductory scientific concepts into an entertaining game. With twin relatives or friends, play "spot the difference" games by observing the two people's actions, preferences, language use and abilities, and comparing the findings. As a real-world application to "spot the difference," apply the activity to any two household items appearing the same as well.
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