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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Thursday, March 19, 2015

Erasable Geoboard Picture Book

Work on visual discrimination, visual closure, near visual memory, spatial relations/position in space, fine motor precision, tripod grasp, separation of the two sides of the hand, manual dexterity, use of helper hand to stabilize, motor planning, executive function
This erasable geoboard Picture book is an awesome tool that I have used for years. Choose one of the 25 pictures in the book to reproduce. Flip the book so that the laminated grid is next to the picture. Draw the picture on the grid. The laminated grid page has one large grid on top and three small grids on the bottom (see 3 above). There is also a blank grid that can be copied so that you can make your own pictures if you want. Once you are done, erase and draw another picture. I have found that Expo dry erase markers come off a lot better than the Bic erasable markers, which smear and leave color behind even if you use the EXPO eraser fluid. If you are interested in purchasing this book or checking it out further, go to http://www.mcruffy.com/GeoboardFlipAndDraw.htm#GeoboardPatternsExplanation

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