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 8, 2015

Melody Express Musical Train

Work on manual dexterity, visual discrimination, figure ground, visual closure, spatial relations, finger dexterity, thinking skills, play exploration and participation
In the box: Train track, colorful track tiles, engine, coal car, sheet with color coded music

Set up the tracks, add the colorful tiles by following a colorful song pattern, turn on the train, and listen to a favorite tune. I like this one, but let me say up front that the reviews on Amazon are not favorable, saying the train does not work very long before it dies. I am still using it, but I may meet the same end some day. The train has a simple circular track. The tiles can only fit the track in one direction and need to sit on small nodes. There are a number of colored tiles and as the train rolls over each, it will play a note. I like this one because when you are done with the task, kids are treated to a musical surprise. It does go a tad bit slow in my opinion, but no one has ever seemed to notice. The songs are on one big folded sheet, not on individual cards.

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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