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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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Friday, February 6, 2015

Finger Hoola App

Android Finger Hoola app from the Amazon App Store
 
For higher functioning individuals, this app is challenging but fun. Move your finger(s) in circles to keep the flower moving while the music plays.
 

Your goal is to keep your bar in the box with the musical note.  It's kind of hard to see on the picture, but the bar is in the yellow box, right under the musical note. The faster you spin, the higher you go.  Slow down your spinning to go back down.  Each game will go a certain amount of time and then end.  If you can't keep the bar in the correct boxes, the music will continue to go on until you succeed.  The boxes get small and more difficult to stay inside of as the difficulty increases. Games go from right hand only, to left hand only, to right and left alternately, and then to right and left together.  One hand can be challenging.  Two hands, both going at different speeds...wow!  I suggest that you challenge yourself before giving this game to a client so you can judge which levels are appropriate.  Or just play it yourself. It's a workout! Click on the Amazon image below if you want to see a video.


If you are interested in purchasing this app or just want more information, click on the image below to go to Amazon.com.


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