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


In the box: 8 plastic card layers, plastic black background layer, puzzle book with 8 challenges and solutions, puzzle stand 
Work on spatial relations, visual discrimination, figure ground, visual closure, visual form constancy, sequencing, thinking skills, manual dexterity, in-hand manipulation, play and leisure exploration and participation
The goal is to look at the 2D puzzle and recreate it. It will take time and trial and error to figure out the solutions as card layers can be flipped and rotated into multiple positions, and you will have to figure out where within the eight cards each layer goes. Most of each card will be covered by layers on top. Layer pieces are plastic, and the challenges are printed in a folded booklet. Each challenge will be presented as a finished product (see the frog above, bottom right). Try the four orientations on the front of each card and if none look right, flip the card to the back and try the four orientations on the back. Good for those who like a challenge and don't frustrate easily. This puzzle is available in a variety of themes. 
Try this:
  • For a beginner, lay all of the plastic layers in the correct order and orientation and let him assemble.
  • Increase the difficulty by giving the plastic layers in the correct order, but not the correct orientation.
  • Give verbal cues such as "turn to the right", "rotate" or "flip".
If you are interested in purchasing this item or just finding out more about it, click on one of the images below to go to Amazon.com.

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