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Match the Chips

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Match the Chips takes advantage of most people's familiarity with poker chips. Put the colorful chips down in front of the person with Alzheimer's or dementia and often they will pick them up, arrange them and even start sorting them on their own. Use the included color templates and add even more fun and challenge to the activity.

  • Cognitive challenge
  • Helps with dexterity
  • Colorful chips are attractive to hold and sort
  • Templates for guidance
  • Can be used individually or as a game
  • Full instructions

This set includes 36 large chips (each over 1 1/2" in diameter and 1/8" thick) making them easy to handle. There are four chips of nine different colors, pre-sorted into color coded bags. The instructions detail a variety of activities and the templates help the person be successful. Even if the person isn't able to follow the templates, the colorful chips are great fun to match, stack and sort. A very popular activity.

Note that some of the activities suggested in the instructions require burying the chips in a small bowl or container filled with rice, small pasta or shipping "popcorn" - the bowl and filler are not included with the activity.

Suitable For:

A great activity for almost anyone with dementia or Alzheimer's who has the dexterity to handle the poker chips and differentiate the colors, especially people who enjoy putting things in order.

Package Includes:
  • 36 colored clay-composite poker chips (4 each of 9 colors)
  • Laminated templates for guidance
  • Full instructions

This product is proudly assembled and packaged by the people of The Ark, a community organization dedicated to providing services for persons with special challenges.

Chips Are Presorted into Color Coded Bags...
The poker chips are pre-sorted into color coded bags

There are 36 chips in total, four of each of nine colors. They come presorted into color coded bags, with the bags grouped into three sets.

Templates Guide the Person to Success...
Templates help guide the person with dementia to success

There are individual templates that match each of the three sets of bags, plus one template that includes all colors.

Start with One Template and One Bag of Chips...
Start with one template and one bag of poker chips

Start with one template and the corresponding chips. We suggest burying the chips in a bowl filled with pasta or rice (or any other kind of filler) to make it fun pulling the chips out. Match each chip to its color on the template.

Add More Chips to add Challenge...
Add more poker chips to add challenge

Add more challenge by adding another template and the corresponding chips. You can also use tongs or a clothespin to pick the chips out of the bowl to increase the dexterity component of the activity.

Finally, Use the Large Template and All the Chips...
Use all the poker chips and the large template for more challenge

If the person can sort the chips readily, use the larger template and all the chips.

Play the Game of "Nim"...
For those with more ability, play the game of Nim

Those with more abilities can play the game of "Nim", a strategic mathematical game. Each player removes 1, 2 or 3 chips from the bowl, trying to be the person to remove the last chip.

When Done, Put the Chips Back in Their Bags....
When done, finish up by putting the poker chips back in their bags

When done, ask the person to sort the chips back into their bags by matching the color on the bag label with the chips. You will be amazed by the look of satisfaction from helping out by putting the game away on their own!

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