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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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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Trigger

Work on spatial relations, manual dexterity, in-hand manipulation, thinking skills, coordinated use of both hands, social skills, play exploration and participation

In the tin: 60 cards, 1 target

A fun game to work on right-left orientation. Each card has six random  statements on it.  After hearing a statement, if the statement is true, slap the target with your right hand. If the statement is false, hit it with your left hand.  When playing with a group, the first person to collect 10 cards by answering correctly wins the game.

A random sampling of the statements include:
  • You are the tallest player here.
  • I am wearing a watch on my right wrist.
  • You have more brothers than sisters.
  • I am not wearing a skirt.
  • There is a clock hanging on a wall in this room.
  • Hit the target with both hands, left hand first.
  • My cell phone has rung during this game.

Try this:
  • Scan the card and present only the statements that are answerable and appropriate for the people in the room.
  • Ask the individual who is asking the questions to hold the deck in his non-dominant hand and push the top card off with the thumb to separate.
  • Increase the difficulty by using a timer to see how many questions can be answered in a minute. Is the player confident of right/left orientation, or are more mistakes made?
  • Ask the player to answer the question verbally before calling him on using the wrong hand. Then ask if he used the correct hand.
If you are interested in purchasing this game or just want more information, click on the image below to go to Amazon.com
 

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