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 20, 2015

Sequin Pin Art

In the box: 1 pre-printed color picture, Styrofoam back for the picture, enough sequins and short straight pins to complete picture
Work on manual dexterity, fine motor precision, eye-hand coordination, strength, coordinated use of both hand, separation of two sides of hand, figure ground, visual closure, visual discrimination, play and leisure exploration and participation
This activity is a little pricey, and I have only ever bought one, the underwater scene pictured above.  Push a small straight pin through a small hole on a small sequin, and then pin it to a colored pre-printed picture. The position for each sequin is printed on the picture. It can be a rather tedious activity, so I only bring it out for 10-15 minutes at a time. I have had several of my kids work on it over the past few months, and I can't wait to see it hanging in my office.
 Warning - The pins are small and pointed.  Assess the safety of this activity for each individual person.
Try this:
  • Use the little trays they provide for the sequins. They are easier to pick up from there than from off the table top because of the sides.
  • Try holding the sequin in the non-dominant hand and pushing the pin through with the dominant hand. Or, holding the pin in the dominant hand, push it through the hole in the sequin as it lay in the tray and pick them up together.
  • Place the pin in a sequin and hand them to the individual to pin n the picture.
If you are interested in purchasing this activity or just want more information, click on the image below.

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