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 13, 2015

Color Counts

Work on precise fine motor and pencil control, tripod grasp, distal rotation, visual scanning, figure ground, visual discrimination, leisure exploration and participation, coordinated use of both hands, proximal stability

A color-by-number book that will encourage distal rotation and precision with a pencil.  I use colored pencils, as these small, often detailed spaces are not made for wider tipped crayons. If the individual coloring this book has an inefficient grip, this may be a frustrating, or at least tiring, activity.  Using short, stubby colored pencils or broken crayons may help encourage an appropriate grip with those still learning. These pictures can take a long time to complete, may cause the hand to tire, and may be tedious for a person to try to do too much in one sitting.  I usually bring this out for 5-10 minutes per session until a picture is complete.  This book comes in many different themes.

If you are interested in purchasing this book or just want more information, click on the image below.

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