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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Sunday, February 1, 2015

Angry Birds Playground Under Construction

 Work on visual discrimination, spatial relations, visual closure, figure ground, visualization, visual form constancy, eye-hand coordination, in-hand manipulation, manual dexterity, executive functions, play and leisure exploration and participation
In the box: Plastic puzzle board, 4 plastic puzzle pieces, puzzle book with 48 challenges

With only 4 pieces, how hard can it be??? Plenty. The plastic puzzle board has 20 unmovable birds that are printed on it. The puzzle pieces are printed as shown above, with pieces of wood and stone. To play, choose a challenge from the puzzle book. Puzzles are in order of difficulty from easiest to most difficult. Your job is to use the four puzzle pieces to cover all birds on the board except the bird pictures that are showing on the puzzle you chose. The positions that the birds are pictured in on the challenges are not where they will appear on the puzzle. The pictures are just to show you which birds not to cover. Puzzles range from Starter to Master, and Master puzzles may take awhile to work out. 
Try this:
  • Give the location of one piece and let the individual find the rest.  FYI: Once one piece is given, the other three pieces often fall right into place.
  • Help the individual solve the puzzle by verbally talking through the spatial reasoning process. 
  • Explain that these types of puzzles often take a certain amount of trial and error and that getting it wrong is not failure, just keep trying until something works.
  • Demonstrate how turning a piece in different directions can make it look different.
If you are interested in purchasing this game or just want more information, click on the link below to go to Amazon.com.


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