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 6, 2015

Honey Bee Tree

Work on manual dexterity, pincer grasp, palmar arch support, in-hand manipulation, coordinated use of both hands, eye-hand coordination, visual discrimination, problem solving, spatial relations, social skills, process skills, play and leisure exploration and participation 
In the box: 1 orange honey pot, 1 hollow brown oak tree, 1 flower tray base, 32 leaves, 20 bees
Assemble the tree using the honey pot, oak tree, and flower tray base, all lightweight plastic.  One at a time, push each leaf through a hole and guide it until it comes out a hole on the opposite side. Once all 32 leaves are criss-crossed in the oak tree, drop all the bees in through the top.  They will sit there until leaves are removed leaving gaps for them to fall through. Taking turns, players pull out one leaf at a time, trying to avoid disturbing the bees and making them fall to the bottom.  You keep all the bees that fall on your turn. At the end of the game, each player counts his bees and the one with the least amount of bees, wins.
Try this:
  • Set up the tree, add the leaves and bees.  Each player now pulls out leaves until a bee(s) falls.  See how many leaves you can accumulate. The one with the most leaves, wins.
  • Set up the tree and leaves. To add the bees, pick them up one at a time and squirrel them in the palm. See how many will fit in the palm without dropping. Drop by handfuls through the top hole. Finish the game.
  • Put the game away by first cupping the dominant hand and adding the bees one at a time while you hold this position. Count how many you can hold. Throw them into the box by handfuls. 
  • Set up the game by placing one or more bees in the player's palm. Ask then to push the bee(s), one at a time to the fingertips and drop into the tree. 
If you are interested in purchasing this game or just want more information, click on the image below to go to Amazon.com

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