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

Pettson's Inventions app by Filimundus

Work on thinking skills, problem solving

Do you like watching Rube Goldberg machines - complicated gadgets that perform simple tasks?  Then you will enjoy this fun and unique app!  Move different parts of a machine into place to complete a puzzle. Then move the gear at the top of the page from left to right and watch the machine in action.

Puzzles advance in difficulty and you can determine if you want only the pieces needed to show or if you want to complicate things by adding pieces that won't be used to the mix.  Problem solving doesn't get more fun than this!  Settings can turn music on and off. One feature I really like about this app is that it is not timed.  However, there is a feature you can turn on by pressing the VS at the bottom of the home page where the puzzle will appear at both ends of the screen and 2 people can compete to see who can finish first. This part is timed. This app includes 11 levels of 6 puzzles each (66 total). You must clear at least 4 puzzles per level to move to the next level. The deluxe version has most of the puzzles from versions 1 and 2 combined. I enjoyed playing this one myself!

If you enjoy watching Rube Goldberg machines, Purina Beneful dog food has a cute commercial on YouTube. Nothing like a wagon full of puppies to put a smile on your face.  And the end message is something I can really get behind! I used to have a link here but it no longer works. If you would like to see it, you can find it by searching You Tube for Beneful commercial goldberg machine.

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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