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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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Monday, March 2, 2015

Disney Princess Junior Monopoly


In the box: Board, money, plastic castles, die, princess board markers
 
Work on visual discrimination, figure ground, spatial relations, eye-hand coordination, turn taking, following directions, motor planning, gross motor, manual dexterity, in-hand manipulation, palmar arches, grasp, reach, bilateral integration, crossing midline, play and leisure exploration and participation, creative play, social interaction, cognitive functioning, attention, decision making, simple addition and subtraction
 
A beginners easy-to-learn-and-play Monopoly game with a popular theme. Similar to Princess-opoly, the money is in denominations of 1-5. The property cards are part of the Chance cards and property is obtained by landing on a Chance square and picking a card. Colorful plastic castles mark your properties around the board. Comes with six princess markers and color matching castles for each. Properties are represented by characters from the princess stories, not just the princesses.
 
Try this:
  • Assign the person who is working on counting or making change to be the banker.
  • Gather a small stack of mixed bills and ask the individual to separate them and sort them into the correct denominational piles.
  • Stand up all of the castles that will be used for the game by holding them one at a time in the palm and moving to the fingertips and rotating for placement. 
  • Cup the hand, squeeze the fingers together, and hold for several seconds while shaking the dice. 
  • Sort the castles by color.
 If you are interested in purchasing this game or just want more information, click on the image below to go to Amazon.com.

 

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