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

ZOOB Fastback H2H

In the box: 45 Plastic ZOOB pieces, Wheels, 2 pull-back motors, instruction guides 
Ages 6+

Work on thinking skills, problem solving, following directions, sequencing, visual discrimination, visual closure, visual form constancy, spatial relations, visual memory, figure ground, eye-hand coordination, in-hand manipulation, manual dexterity, precise fine motor control, hand arch strength and support, separation of sides of hand, using two hands together, finger strength, play and leisure exploration and participation
ZOOB, one of my favorites! The goal of this set is to build 3D vehicles from 2D models.  ZOOB pieces are hard plastic, designed like ball and socket joints, and can be fun to play with once you have completed a project. A great activity if you are working on hand and finger strength, as the pieces do need a good push to snap together and a strong pull to take apart. The fun thing about this ZOOB set is the 2 pull-back motors (no batteries needed :). After you make your car, you can play with the finished product and even race someone else's car.  Taking it apart to box up also takes hand strength. Double win!

Try this:
  • Make a car ahead of time and let the individual use that as a model to work from if he cannot interpret the 2D picture.
  • Find all the pieces needed for the model ahead of time if your focus is hand skills or visual discrimination, etc. to save time or decrease frustration by adding additional tasks.
  • Ask the person to find each needed piece in the box of pieces.
  • Use terms of ball and socket to describe the pieces.
  • Use consistent positional terms such as left, right, above, below etc.
  • Working side by side, build the model piece by piece while the individual watches and builds his own.
  • Ask the individual to move the piece in-hand if he picks it up in the wrong orientation for placement.
  • Take time for creative play after the model is complete.
If you are interested in this item or just want more information, click on the image below to go to Amazon.com.


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