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 8, 2015

DUPLO Fairy Tale

Work on visual discrimination, visual closure, spatial relations/position in space, manual dexterity, hand and finger strength, coordinated use of both hands, eye-hand coordination, tactile perception, executive function, process skills, creative play, play and leisure exploration and participation
In the box: 15 Duplo plastic pieces, 1 story book.
Ages 1 1/2 - 4
A perfect set for beginners that includes a board book and 15 DUPLO pieces. You will create the four different models shown above and they stay the same throughout the book. This set comes in many different themes, such as Busy Farm, Let's Go Vroom, And Peekaboo Jungle. Below is a look inside the book.
Try this:
  • Start with a few minutes of free play so that the child gets the feel of the pieces and how they snap together.
  • Put only the pieces needed for the character you are making next to the individual for an easy start.
  • Put all the pieces in a pile and ask the individual to find the pieces he needs to build each character. Turn some of the pieces upside down or on their side so the child will have to recognize them from different perspectives.
  • Demonstrate how to assemble the object while the individual watches, then take the pieces apart and ask the individual to do it.
  • Take time for creative play at the end with the finished pieces.
 If you are interested in purchasing this item or just want more information, click on the link below to go to Amazon.com.

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