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 11, 2015

Finders Keepers!

Work on visual discrimination, visual closure, visual memory, visual form constancy, figure ground, visual scanning, manual dexterity, social skills, play and leisure exploration and participation
In the box: 1 9" puzzle cut game board, 70 small picture cards
Ages 4+, 2-4 players
A great game to use for working on visual perceptual skills. There are 9 puzzle pieces that form a large round puzzle (see above).  Then there is one small picture card to match each and every picture on the round puzzle, 70 pictures total. You can see the small picture cards piled on the left, under the box. Match the small picture cards to the pictures on the puzzle.
Try this:
  • Lay each small card on its match on the big puzzle until you have matched them all.
  • Lay each small card on the puzzle as you match it, but turn it over (plain orange on the back) to make it obvious which ones are left to match and reduce the background business.
  • Give each person three picture cards, face down. Players turn them all face up at the same time and see who can place their three pieces on the puzzle first.
  • Sort the picture cards before starting so that you have a baggie of pieces for each big puzzle piece. Look at only one puzzle piece at a time and match the pieces to start slow.
  • Show one picture card at a time and see who can find it on the puzzle first.
  • Use one puzzle piece at a time, matching its corresponding picture cards, to start out slow. Then use two puzzle pieces, then three.
  • Put the puzzle together and don't use the picture cards, but look and point to categories. Find all items with yellow. Find all food items. Find all animals.
If you are interested in purchasing this item or just want more information, click on the image below to go to Amazon.com.


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