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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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Saturday, January 24, 2015

Magnetic Playboard



Work on spatial relations, visual memory, figure ground, visual discrimination, in-hand manipulation, manual dexterity, thinking skills, visual closure, visual form constancy, play exploration and participation
 
In the box: An easel white board, picture cards, plastic pieces
Ages 5+
 
The goal is to look at a picture card and build that model, piece by piece. The set includes a magnetic easel white board. The legs that hold up the board are made of plastic and did not take long to break, even though we were not hard on it. My suggestion would be to keep it in the box when not in use, which I did not do. The pictures range from easier to more difficult so you can grade the activity and work on it over time. There is a storage drawer on the back that pulls open for storing the original pieces and cards. There are a number of additional sets (model cards and pieces) that you can buy for it including sports, building, animals, and landscapes.

 Try this:
  • Prop the card on the board so the individual can see it while they are building.
  • Put a piece in the individual's hand or on the table in such a position that he has to turn it in-hand to position it for placement.
  • Mix the needed pieces within the pile to work on figure ground.
  • Model the correct orientation of a piece and then take it off the board and hand it to the child for placement if he is struggling with placement.
If you are interested in purchasing this item or just want more information, click the image below to go the Amazon.com.

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