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

Tabtales Fairy Tale Apps

Tabtales has a long list of interactive apps, including fairy tales, Bible stories, and Christmas stories.  The apps are free, however, it will cost 99 cents to take the ads off the bottom of the screen.  I would suggest doing this unless your kids all have terrific aim and can avoid inadvertently hitting them. I think these apps are well worth the 99 cents so I don't mind paying.  Reach out and touch any number of things on each page - touch birds and make them flutter and tweet, touch a door and hear a knock and see the door open wide to reveal what is inside, touch a pumpkin and watch it turn into a carriage, touch Pinocchio's nose and watch it grow.  On some of the apps you can also choose outfits that the main character will then wear throughout the story.  The arrow to turn the page is in the bottom right corner and requires a tap, not a swipe.  Guidance suggested as you can also make in-app purchases of matching memory games, coloring books, and jigsaw puzzles. Lots of stories to choose from. Here are a few:

If you are interested in purchasing any of these apps, or just want more information, click on an image below to go to Amazon.com.

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