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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

Stare


In the box: Game board, board game markers, timer, 160 picture cards, die
 
Work on visual memory, attention, auditory memory, manual dexterity, social skills, play and leisure exploration and interaction
Ages 8+, 2-6 players
 
Each card has a picture on the front and 6 questions on the back. Stare at the picture for 1 minute with the intention of remembering as many details as you can, then turn the card over.  Throw the die, and answer the question that corresponds to the number thrown.
 
I have regular, senior, and junior versions of this game.  Most of the pictures seem "old fashioned" to me, and the questions can be very detailed.  You not only have to remember what is there, but you have to remember the picture well enough to know what was not there. Example - There is a small bush beside the egg. True or false. 
 
 
Try this:
  • Tell the person up front to look at the details on the card with the intent of remembering.
  • Let the person hold the pile in his hand and sift through it, picking a picture that interests him.
  • If you think the questions are too detailed, hold the card so that you are looking at the picture and make up your own.
  • Tell the person to repeat details out loud as he looks at the picture.  He may remember more if he is an auditory learner, or if he brings more senses into play.
If you are interested in purchasing this game or just want more details, click on the image below to go to Amazon.com.

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