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

Feed the Kitty

Work on visual discrimination, eye-hand coordination, manual dexterity,  palmar arches, social skills

In the box: 20 wooden mice, 2 custom dice, a kitty bowl

What could be cuter than a game that comes with its own kitty dish!?  Divide the wooden mice between all players, then try to get rid of your mice to be hailed the winner. On your turn, throw the custom dice to find out what to do.  Throw a picture of an arrow and pass a mouse to your neighbor. Throw a picture of a kitty food bowl and place one mouse in the bowl.  Throw a picture of a mouse and take a mouse out of the food bowl.  Throw a sleeping kitty and do nothing.  The dice are a little larger than your standard numbered dice. First person to run out of mice first, wins. Simple, basic fun.

Try this:
  • Throw the mice into the bowl, one by one, for near target practice when putting the game away.
  • Line the mice up, nose to tail, across the table. Put the mice, one at a time, into the child's hand and ask him to push it to the fingertips to place.
  • Hold the bowl just off the edge of the table with one hand and, cupping the other hand, push all the mice into the bowl without any dropping to the floor.  
If you are interested in purchasing this game or just want more information, click on the image below.

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