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Children learn through play. As an occupational therapist who works with children and youth, I use games and toys almost every day to help develop important cognitive, visual perceptual, motor, sensory, social, play and leisure skills. While many different types of activities can be used in therapy, this blog focuses on off-the-shelf games and toys that are accessible to most. Whether you are a therapist, parent, teacher, or a game lover like me, I hope you discover something useful while you are here. Learn a different way to play a game you already own or discover a new game for your next family game night. Either way, just go play. It's good for you!

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Friday, January 30, 2015

Crazy Cakes

 
 

Work on visual discrimination, spatial relations, visual closure, visual memory, sequencing, figure ground, eye-hand coordination, manual dexterity, in-hand manipulation, graded release, social interaction skills, process skills, play and leisure exploration and participation

In the box: 50 puzzle cards with a puzzle on each side, puzzle card stand, wooden slices of cake

Build a 12 layer cake to match the 12 layer cake on the pattern card. Pieces stack flat and slide slightly, as they are painted.  As the cake gets taller, the chances of it tipping become greater. A good way to practice a steady placement and graded release.  My game does not have the colored dots as shown on the picture above. Pieces have different colors on different sides.

One piece of Crazy Cake.

Try this:
  • Race with another individual and see who can finish first, there are plenty of pieces of cake. 
  • Pick up and stack 2 pieces at a time. 
  • Look at the card, memorize 2-3-4 pieces, cover the card and build. Repeat until the whole cake is created.
  • Unstack the whole cake, one at a time, without knocking it over.
  • Make your own cake and see how many pieces you can stack before it topples. 
  • Pick up a piece and turn it in-hand until you get the color you need in the right position to place on the cake.
  • Build it upside-down from the picture card. Then turn the card upside-down to check for accuracy.
  • Build a cake with a sequence and ask the individual to complete. For instance, build a cake with brown, pink, yellow, brown, pink, yellow, and then ask the individual to place the next three pieces.
If you are interested in purchasing this game or just want more information, click on the image below to go to Amazon.com. 

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