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, March 20, 2016


In the box: 1 gameboard, 4 pawns, 1 die, 34 consequence cards, 6 blank cards to make your own consequence cards
Ages 6-11, 2-4 players
The game of Consequences is a fun way to introduce and/or reinforce the idea that all actions and behaviors have consequences. Advance along the board, following the colorful stone path to the park, to take a ride on the slide, to go for ice cream, and to be the first to end at Waterland! Each turn starts with choosing a consequence card. Each consequence card represents an everyday task or behavior that results in a forward or backward move. The card will direct you whether to roll the die and move forward, or roll the dice and move backward. Examples of some of the cards include:
  • You picked up all your toys. Super good job! Roll die, move ahead.
  • You're not getting up on time. Rise and shine sleepyhead. Roll die and move back.
  • Sharing makes the world a better place. Good job! Roll die and move ahead.
  • Use the blank cards to personalize the game and address the area(s) that you are working on. 
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