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

Rock Paper Scissors

In the box: Deck of cards

Work on manual dexterity, in-hand manipulation, bilateral integration, visual discrimination, eye-hand coordination, shuffling/dealing cards, social skills, play and leisure exploration and participation 

If you like the traditional Rock, Paper, Scissors hand gesture game, you will love this card version. Deal the cards face-down and evenly between the two players.  Each player then picks up and turns over the top card on his pile.  Compare the cards and apply the Rock Paper Scissors rules to determine the winner:
  • Rock crushes scissors (rock wins)
  • Scissors cut paper (scissors win)
  • Paper covers rock (paper wins)
The winner takes the cards, and the next top card is turned over by each player. If both players turn over the same cards, each player will then lay 2 face-down cards followed by one face-up card on the table. The two new face-up cards are now compared to determine the winner. Winner gets all the cards that have been played. The final game winner is the player who has the most cards when all the cards from the original piles have been played.

Try this:
  • Hold the deck in the non-dominant hand.  Use the thumb to push the top card off the deck to deal. Can also do this during the game to turn over your top card each time.
  • Place one rock, one paper, and one scissor card on the table top. Place the rest of the deck next to them. One at a time, pick up the cards off the deck and sort them into the appropriate matching piles without tipping over or sliding cards off the deck.
  • Play one round where each person holds their stack in one hand and lays the cards down with the other. Then play a round where the stack is placed on the table and the players separate and lift the cards, one at a time, from the stack to play.
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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