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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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Saturday, March 21, 2015

Melissa & Doug Smarty Pants Pre-K




In the box: 120 cards
PreK

Work on analytical and critical thinking, visual discrimination, spatial relations, visual scanning, visual closure, visual tracking, sequencing, figure ground, manual dexterity

The box contains 120 cards with all kinds of basic visual perceptual puzzles on the front and answers on the back. The cards are not in any particular order. Give answers verbally or point to answer. Does not require pencil and paper. The yellow set is Pre-K, and additional sets are available from K-6th grade.


Try this:
  • Choose several of the same type puzzle, such as all maze or all sequencing, and do those together to repeat and practice the same skill.
  • Lay the card flat on the table. After solving, have the child pick up the flat card from where it lies, without pulling it to the edge of the table, to turn over for the answer.
  • Place the cards in a pile on the table. Pick them up, one at a time without knocking over the pile, to work.
For more information, click on the image below.
 

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