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!

The OT Magazine named The Playful Otter one of the Top 5 Pediatric OT Blogs.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Day and Night

Work on spatial relations, motor planning, bilateral integration, visual discrimination, thinking skills, problem solving, using a stabilizing hand, manual dexterity, visual closure, in-hand manipulation, visual form constancy
In the box: Wooden base with 3 dowels, 10 wooden pieces, pattern book
Ages 3+

The goal is to create 3D models from 2D patterns.  A children's theme, bright colors, and sturdy wooden pieces have made this game popular with kids.  The pattern book has 48 challenges that advance in difficulty, adding more pieces as the puzzles progress. Each pattern is shown in full color (day) and silhouette (night).  The same pattern is printed on the back so that after you complete the silhouette pattern you can turn the book around and check your results against the day version. I have used this a lot and it is holding up very well.

Try this:
  • Cover the dowels not being used with your hand if the child becomes confused as to where he should be adding pieces.
  • Start by setting pieces needed in the correct orientation on the table. After the child is able to build the models, set the pieces in different orientations to increase difficulty.
  • Use positional language such as on top of, under, next to.
  • Cover the dowels in the pattern book so that only the one that is being built is showing for those who have difficulty isolating it out from the background.
  • Put the pieces on the opposite side of the dominant hand to encourage crossing over.
If you are interested in purchasing this item or just want more information, click on the image below.


No comments:

Post a Comment

Thank you for taking the time to comment.