ThinkBlot - What can you spot in a blot?

ThinkBlot features images that resemble cards in a Rorschach Test. Relax, no one is going to psychoanalyze you, but we will get a peek into how you think. 

The main component of this game is the spiral-bound, easel-stand ThinkBlot book. The base of the book also has a score board with 35 spaces, from start to finish, for up to six players. Instead of one major blot, most of the pages include multiple smaller blots, like the picture below.  

There are 75 inkblot pages in the book. The blots were made by putting ink on a page and then folding it in half, so there are mirror images on left and right. The blots are the same on front and back with the exception that on one side the blots are all black and on the other side some of the blots are printed in black and some of them are printed in gray. The ones printed in gray are identified (with names) as specific items and if you have seen the same item, you will get bonus points. Your job will be to look for images within these blots.

Images can be anything you can see or imagine in the blots, there are no right or wrong answers. You can use the whole blot as one image, only a portion of the blot in an image, and even images within the white spaces surrounding the blots. The directions are printed on the first few pages of the book so you will never lose them (unless you lose the book and then your troubles are bigger than just losing the directions).

The game comes with a 2 minute timer. The scoring pad is where you will write what you see in the blot(s) and can be replaced with just plain white paper when you run out of sheets on the pad. There is a 12 sided die that, when thrown, will determine which of these images you will be looking for on the blot:
  • Blot - Write down anything you see. There are 8 blot sides on the die and one each of the following:
    • Creature - Anything non-human that walks, crawls, slinks or swims, by land, by air, even in outer space if your mind takes you there.
    • Everyday people - In their flawed and perfect poses of parts. Find them dancing, driving, or dreaming, as long as they're human, they count for points.
    • Food - If you'd eat it on a date, at work or on the go, and it needn't be healthy or delicious.
    • Wearables - If you can wear it, cover yourself or accessorize with it, spot it within the blot.
You can see from the descriptions that they are encouraging you to be creative, funny, outrageous, where ever your mind takes you. But be ready to also be persuasive, as you might have to convince the others that what you see is really there.

This is the kind of game where you will work your way through the book of 75 pages and then be done. If you go through again you will most likely remember many of the images and the bonus images, giving you quite an edge. 
Be the first person to go to the end of the scoreboard and back. 

Set up:
Stand the easel board and flip the front around to the back. Set the timer and die next to the board. Give each player paper and pencil. Choose a path color on the score board and place a peg in the start space. Remember your path color.

Throw the die. Flip to a ThinkBlot page and turn the timer over. All players look at the blot and write down as many things as they can see. The more your write, the further ahead you will move on the scoreboard.

When the timer runs out the round is over. Go around the group clockwise and each person read one thing from their list. If someone can't "see" something you saw, all players vote as to whether you can keep that answer. Keep going around until all answers have been revealed. Once that is done, turn the page over and look at the gray side. If you identified any objects the same way as the game makers did, you get an extra point. Here is how you score:
  • 2 points - Each unique answer (only you wrote it)
  • 1 point - Two or more players had the same or a similar answer
  • 1 point - For each item you listed that was also listed on the gray page. There are no bonus images or bonus points for category rolls of the dice.
Add your score and move that many holes forward on the pegboard. First person to reach 35 wins the game.

Try this:
  • Skip the game (you knew I'd say that) and just play with the ThinkBlot board. Don't bother to write things down, just describe things you see and point them out. Good chance to work on visual closure.
  • Work on visual discrimination, figure ground, visual form constancy, visual closure, visualization, manual dexterity, creativity, writing, socialization skills, process skills, executive functioning skills, play and leisure exploration and participation
In the box:1 spiral bound book with 75 inkblot pages, 1 timer, 1 clip to easel set-up, 1 12 sided die, 1 pad of ThinkBlot scoring paper, 6 blot pegs, 6 pencils

Adult, 2 to 6 players

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