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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Tuesday, March 10, 2015


In the box: 60 double-sided maze sheets (4 mazes total), 2 pair of perplex-o-specs, 2 pencils, 2 "mirrors"

Work on fine motor precision, spatial relations

Save your money. Seriously. Put on the glasses to block your vision of your hand and pencil, look at yourself in the "mirror", and watch yourself draw. Everything is backward and it takes concentration and effort to keep within the lines of the maze. There is a reason the word mirrors is in quotes on the box.  They aren't really mirrors, just pieces of shiny card stock, and not clear to look at at all. The glasses are light card stock, the mazes are simple. I don't say this very often, but I felt totally ripped off on this one.

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