Oracle bone script was the form of Chinese characters used on oracle bones—animal bones or turtle plastrons used in the late 2nd millennium BCE, and is the earliest known form of Chinese writing. See the transformation of representations from drawings, to 甲骨文 (Oracle bone script) used in ancient China and then to our Simplified Chinese Characters used in modern communication. Kids and adults alike can better appreciate the beauty of Chinese characters, and also feel the impact of Chinese civilization before our time, helping us understand our place in history.
Helps train a child's observation, concentration, memory and confidence. Doesn't hurt that the cards are also really beautiful and pleasing to the eye!
There are 108 cards, based on 36 commonly used Chinese characters in total of 4 themes. Each character has 3 representations, namely a drawing, oracle bone script and simplified chinese character.
Ways to play:
1. Learn: Divide the card into different themes, and go through the cards, making sense of the representations and drawing relations between the different representations
2. Memory game: Match 2 or 3 different cards of the same character, player with most number of sets win. Can be adapted to different difficulty levels. (Detailed instructions in item pamphlet)
3. Photo hunt: Choose a few modern Chinese characters, and take a photo of the actual item with the characters. Eg match the word 土 with soil at the park, match 云 against the fluffy clouds in the sky.
4. Guess the word: Guess the Chinese word from the oracle bone script
5. Oracle Bone Script drawings: Use the oracle bone script characters as reference, to draw and colour your own scene or story, eg with a man riding a horse up a hill with trees around, the sun and clouds in the sky - utilising 人，马，山，木，日，云。
6. Use the pretty non-worded side of the cards and make pictures with the shapes eg house, bird
The sky is the limit. Play away!