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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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Saturday, February 21, 2015

Crayon Maze App

I looked for a long time for a maze app that wasn't too busy or distracting, could be played with a stylus, and got increasingly difficult as the puzzles went on. This one filled the bill. There are several levels including letters, numbers, easy, easy+, medium, and hard.  There are 30 mazes at each level. You can change the background color and turn the music off.  I wanted an app that we could use a stylus with for those working on pencil grip, but you can actually go faster using your finger.  The puzzles are timed, but it will not time out on you before you are done. After finishing each puzzle you get a score and 1-3 stars, depending on how fast you solved the puzzle. If you took awhile, you just won't get any stars. The number of stars will show on the puzzle main page so that you can go back and retry those that you got 1 or 2 stars on.  The one thing about this app that I don't like is that it cannot be reset to clear the scores. I have found that I have to uninstall and then reinstall to clear the scores.

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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