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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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Thursday, February 5, 2015

Charlie Brown Apps


Charlie Brown Apps for Android
 
Work on finger isolation, eye-hand coordination, swiping, turning pages, leisure exploration and participation 
 
Did you grow up with the Peanuts Gang like I did? If you did, I think you will love these apps.  They feature the original music and scenes, with narration by the original characters (now grown). There are plenty of opportunities to interact through simple games such as touching falling leaves to change shape, popping corn kernels, touching snow flakes to enlarge them, helping Linus knock cans off a wall, and helping Snoopy set the Thanksgiving table. Touch things on each page, search for the hidden leaves, sing along with the characters, play Schroeder's piano, bob for apples with Lucy - these apps offer a fun trip down memory lane even if you aren't using them with kids.  


If you are interested in buying these apps or just want more information, click on the images below.

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