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 27, 2015

Sorting Set

Work on visual discrimination, figure ground, spatial relations, visual form constancy, in-hand manipulation, manual dexterity, pincer grasp, finger isolation, palmar arching, patterns, sequencing, counting, shapes, cognitive functioning, play exploration and participation

In the box: More than 620 sorting items, 3 spinners, die, sorting tray, pattern cards, 6 sorting bowls

If you are working on colors, counting, sorting, shapes, categories, patterns, and/or sequencing, this is the ultimate set.  Manipulatives include vehicles, fruit, farm animals, dinosaurs, links, BINGO chips, bugs, small stacking caps, and shapes.  I don't see bugs and stacking caps on the picture above, however there are many more items than are pictured in the tray.  I love the 6 color-matching sorting bowls.  My spinners are plastic and the ones in the picture look cardboard. Spinners include color, number, and shape, and let you be creative and make up your own games.  I have 13 pattern cards, with an activity on each side of the card, but I don't have the farm and link cards that are pictured, so evidently sets do vary somewhat.  My cards are a nice weight and laminated. The die is numbered 1-6.  There is a teacher's activity guide with numerous activities in it.

If you are interested in purchasing this set or just want more information, click on the link below to go to Amazon.com.


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