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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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

What's in the Cat's Hat?

Work on tactile discrimination, visualization, visual discrimination, visual memory, finger isolation, manual dexterity, play exploration and participation
In the box: 1 hat, 32 exploration cards, game rules
The goal is to answer questions from the exploration cards about the object in the hat.  To give you clues, you can put your hand in the top and, without looking, feel the item.  There are also 3 small velcroed flaps in the hat, that you can look into for a small peek, poke your finger into and touch, and smell through. Questions/instructions from the cards that you can answer while trying to guess, include
  • Can you bend it?
  • Does it have wheels?
  • Would it hurt if it fell on your head?
  • Would it float in the bathtub?
  • Squeeze the hat with 2 hands. 
You will be using your own items from around the house as no items are included with the hat.
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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