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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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Thursday, May 19, 2016

Erasable Geoboard Flip-And-Draw Picture Book



Work on visual discrimination, visual closure, near visual memory, spatial relations/position in space, fine motor precision, efficient pencil grasp, separation of the two sides of the hand, manual dexterity, coordinated use of two hands, motor planning, executive functioning skills

This erasable geoboard picture book is an awesome tool that I have used for years.
  1. Choose one of the 25 pictures in the book to copy. 
  2. Flip the book so that the blank, laminated grid is next to the picture. 
  3. Draw the picture on the grid. 
The laminated grid page has one large grid on top and three small grids on the bottom (see image above). Draw it large, draw it small, draw it several times. Draw random lines on one of the small boxes and let the individual complete the picture. Lots of options. 

There is also a blank grid that can be photo-copied so that you can draw your own pictures to copy 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 https://mcruffy.com/products/geo-pict

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