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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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Sunday, February 15, 2015

Catch the Match


 
In the box: 15 large cards
 
Work on figure ground, visual discrimination, manual dexterity, visual form constancy, social interaction, play exploration and participation
 
Look carefully to find the exact match between any two cards.  All the cards have the same items but in different colors.  There will only be one exact match between any two cards.  If you look at the 2 cards above, the flower pot is green and blue on the card below, and yellow and red on the card above. The kite is green and yellow on the card below, and red and yellow on the card above.  The match is the butterfly.  On both cards it is blue on top and green on the bottom. The cards are sturdy and should last awhile. However, for the price, 15 cards did not seem a very good value to me.
 
Try this:
  • Put 2 cards on the table side by side. The first person to get a match takes one card. Lay another card in its place. Play until all cards are gone. Person to make the last match gets both cards. Whoever has the most cards, wins.
  • Lay all cards on the table.  Make a match, point it out, and take both cards. When all but 1 card is gone, since there is an odd number of cards, the one with the most cards wins. If there is a tie, randomly choose one card from the players piles, put it next to the remaining card, and the one to find the match first, wins.
  • Practice picking up a card off a flat surface by picking it up where it is, not sliding it to the edge of the table.
If you are interested in purchasing this game or just want more information, click on the Amazon image below to go to Amazon.com.  

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