When I am looking at the basic clothespin game that has been used through the ages, most of them are simple matching games on the side of a can. I wanted to take the concept of my flat clothespin games, and merge it with the concept of the can type of clothespin game, and the result is my awesome Clothespin Tower Games.
The games are built around a metal frame that has four levels, and is seven inches wide, and 3 inches deep. The game boards slip easily over the top of the levels, and the games start at the bottom and follow the arrows up through the game.
What I love about the clothespin tower games is that when doing the simple matching activities, you can use the included cards to “hang” the match onto the clothesline/clothespin frame.
The games included are:
- Ice Cream Sundae Game
- Slides and ladders game
- Number matching
- Letter matching
- Clothesline matching
- Color matching
- Blank colors to use your own cards/games
- Also included is a freebie blank board to test it out or make up your own game
- Small color cards/pieces
- Number cards/pieces
- Shape cards/pieces
- Letter cards/pieces
- Clothes cards/pieces
- Ice cream sundae cards
- Ice cream sundae toppings
- Ice cream sundae game cards
Here is a blank game board to try out how the frame works. The frame for the games is a letter sorter that is metal mesh, and is 7 inches wide, and 3 inches deep. The height of the tallest section is 5 inches. You can get it in my shop along with the game download, or at Amazon, or at Target.
To make the games, you print out the game boards and cut off the white parts. There will be 4 separate boards for each game, and they are numbered with two games per board. Fold the boards in half down the darker gray line and then straighten it out. I glued another set of games back to back before I laminated them, but you can laminate them one at a time if you wish. Having folded the board before laminating will make it easier to fold in the same spot after laminating.
If you are only doing one set of games per board, you can then staple the side edges together. If you are doing 2 sets of games (front and back for 4 games total), then you put Velcro at the side edges to hold the sides closed, but is then easily turned inside out to play the games on the back.
Then the boards just slide over the frame and you have 8 new activities to play.
The ice cream sundae game is the star of the show. As you progress through the game, you collect sundae toppings and use clothespins to hold the toppings on your build a sundae card. Through the game, you draw cards and have to do what the card says, such as pat your head and rub your tummy, or write down a favorite animal.
- Clothespin Tower Games (here is the free trial)
- Clothespin tower game frame (mesh letter holder)
- Fine motor
- Finger strength
- Visual perceptual
- Visual scanning