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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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Disaster Awareness and Preparation

A website with online games that teach disaster awareness and preparedness, and what to do in case of emergencies. Issues discussed are wildfire, tornado, hurricane/blackout, home fire, winter storm/extreme cold, tsunami/earthquake, thunderstorm/lightening, and extreme heat. The stories are drawn as comics, interspersed with question and answer pages.
You will need to click on an answer to move to the next page. Once you have learned the information from the Disaster Master section, you can move to Build a Kit. You will be shown several rooms and be allowed to choose items to take with you in an emergency. If you choose incorrect items, you will be told what they are and why, and allowed to try again.
If you think you would like to check out this site, here is a link to the Disaster Master game http://www.ready.gov/kids/games/data/dm-english/index.html and a link to the Build A Kit game  http://www.ready.gov/kids/games/data/bak-english/index.html 
This is a government site and there is a lot of information here, not just for kids.
Worth checking out.

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