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

Wok and Roll

 In the box: Moving wok, 4 chopsticks, 48 food pieces

Work on eye-hand coordination, fine motor precision, manual dexterity, visual discrimination, tool use, play and leisure exploration and participation, in-hand manipulation, pincer grasp, hand arches, figure ground
Ages 4+, 2-4 players

The goal is to pick up the small food pieces with the tweezers and place them into the bowls. If your child is bothered by noise, this is not the game for you.  The wok not only jiggles, but it has a small ball on the bottom that allows it to move around on the table top.  The small, hard plastic food pieces bounce around in the bowl and make quite a racket.  Putting it on the carpet reduced the noise but slowed the movement way down.  With the pieces bouncing and the wok moving, it can be a challenge to get ahold of the pieces, but doable. The food pieces are squares, circles, and oval shape pieces. The tongs have a small circular indent on each side on the inside to aid in picking up the small circles. 

Try this:
  • Leave the movement off to reduce noise or frustration.
  • Play against someone and see who can get their color out first.
  • Play alone and sort pieces into 4 colored bowls.
  • Sort by shape instead of color.
  • Sort by the difficulty of picking up the shapes, easiest first
  • Pick up several pieces by hand, one at a time, and squirrel them in the palm without dropping while putting the game away.

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