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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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Sunday, March 29, 2015

Kid's Daily Dilemmas


In the jar: 101 cards with a scenario for discussion on each one
 
Kids' Daily Dilemmas offers the opportunity to discuss relevant challenges and issues that face many kids today. Guide the child/youth through the problem solving process as you talk about topics such as bullying, safety, privacy, cheating, and peer relationships. These cards make perfect scenarios to use with the free, easy to use, online Make Belief Comix generator. I have done this many times and it is more engaging for some to read the scenario from a comic strip as opposed to the cards in the jar. I have used both ways with success. 
 
Here are three samples from the cards:
  • When you get home after school, you notice the back door is wide open. No one is supposed to be home. You think there may be an intruder. What do you do?
  • You're at the mall with a friend. You see her slip a sweater under her coat. You know she plans to leave the store without paying for it. What do you do?
  • Your sibling's friend wants to copy an old social studies term paper of yours and hand it in as his own work. What do you do?
For more information, click on the image below.
 

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