Bumper Cards™ Card Game
Bumper Cards ™ Card Game is a fun and easy-to-play card-game designed for children aged 3 to 8, based on more than 20 years of research on reading and vocabulary development.
Bumper Cards ™ Card Game is a fun, creative, and easy-to-play card-game designed for children aged 3 to 8, based on more than 20 years of research on literacy development. Players “bump” together different cards to create new words. For example, the words “flower” and “hook” bump together to form a new word “flowerhook.” Children can then use their imaginations to picture what a flowerhook is and what it might look like. Simply speaking, this fun and engaging game advocates creativity through language.
Why Bumper Cards ™ Card Game?
This game stimulates both convergent and divergent thinking, meaning that children will be better able to come up with diverse and creative solutions towards a problem. Moreover, this card game encourages language flexibility by showing that different words can be bumped together to form new words. This card game strengthens children’s vocabulary learning, as well as their word reading skill and oral language and reading comprehension. It also allows imagination through the expression of words and drawings, thus encouraging new ideas. Even though everyone sees the same words, each player might come up with a very different picture and understanding of the same words. By exchanging ideas with friends and family during the game, the game facilitates social interactions and advances bilingual interactions, as the cards are printed in traditional and simplified Chinese, and English.
About Creativity and Literacy
This card game was developed based on 20+ years of research on reading and vocabulary development by Prof. Catherine McBride (https://cammiemcbride.com)
Bumper Cards ™ promotes creativity in language by engaging children and adults in both convergent and divergent thinking. Through language interactions among players, children can better learn Chinese and English in a joyful way.
How to Play
Select 8 cards
Combine simple words into compound words to form real “correct words” and/or new “creative words” with different games.
The words, “flower” and “hook,” bump together to form a new word “flowerhook.” Children then use their imaginations to picture what a flowerhook is (e.g., how it is used) and what it looks like. Children are encouraged to come up with both real and creative words.
Explain the meaning of the new words in a creative way.
Thinking about new meanings stimulates both convergent and divergent thinking, meaning that children will be more able to come up with diverse and creative solutions towards a problem.
"My five-year-old patient really enjoyed playing Bumper Cards™ with me. His mom was so amazed that he was finally able to enjoy reading Chinese characters."
Specialist in Developmental-Behavioural Paediatrics
MBChB (CUHK), MRCP(UK), DCH (Ireland), FHKCPaed, FHKAM (Paed)
"There are many therapeutic games for learning but Bumper Card™ is the only evidence-based intervention game, I believe in research and use research in my work with children with Dyslexia and other neurological differences.
Bumper Card™ provides these students with a concrete but fun way to learn and retain their vocabulary. I highly recommend it to teachers and parents who may find teaching children morphological knowledge challenging. Bumper Card™ is a perfect reward after the students work hard on the more boring worksheets and reading to consolidate their learning in play!"
Accredited Clinical Psychologist in Hong Kong
Clinical Child Psychologist, Ph.D, in Clinical Psychologist (USA), Diplomate of School Neuropsychologist
"The children think it is a great game to encourage creative thinking and language development. They like to make stories with the new words. All my students like the game and appreciate the logic behind it."
Founder and Director, Apricotnourish
"I play the game with my 3.5 and 6 years old kids and they LOVE it, especially the older one. Apart from the 4 suggested games, they also like playing compound words based on the storybook, attached please find Ron's drawing of snow-house, snow-wall and snow-bird; bird-man, dog-man and cow-man all made by himself."
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology