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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Sunday, January 25, 2015

I Spy Ready Set Silhouette

In the box: 24 pictures cards and 24 silhouette cards
Work on visual discrimination, spatial relations, figure ground, in-hand manipulation, eye-hand coordination, manual dexterity, play exploration and participation
Ages 5+, 2-4 players
The goal is to match the black silhouette card, in the correct orientation, to the correct picture card.  I was excited about receiving this game as a tool to help improve spatial orientation, but it did not turn out to be the great resource that I had hoped for. For me, the disappointing part about this game is that the front of the silhouette cards are printed in black but the back is red, making it obvious which side is the front and cutting the options for correct placement in half. All you have to do is choose the black side and then rotate the card to match the pictures.

Try this:
  • Start simple by giving the child one picture card and the matching silhouette card.  Once he can orient the card correctly, lay several silhouette cards in front of him and give him one picture card. He will choose the silhouette card that matches.
  • Increase the number of silhouette cards on the table to increase the difficulty.  Make sure the cards are turned in different orientations.
  • Hand the child the silhouette cards in a stack and let him practice shifting while laying the cards out for examination.
  • Lay four colored cards on the table and the four silhouette cards. As the player matches each set another set so that there are always four to look through. Then up it to six and then eight.
  • Show the individual how to turn the silhouette card in-hand to spin it around while looking for the correct orientation.
If you are interested in purchasing this item or want further information, click on the link below to go to Amazon.com. 


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