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 4, 2015

Monkey Memory

In the box: 50 playing cards

Work on visual memory, auditory memory, visual discrimination, figure ground, manual dexterity, social interaction, play exploration and participation

The game where something's missing! The game consists of solution cards (left below), object cards (right below), and point cards. I typically don't use the point cards.

The solution cards all look the same, and there are 10 different object cards.  The object is to stack the ten object cards face down. Now take one randomly from the pile, and leave it face down. Take the solution cards and, one by one, look at them while you stack them again.  Remember what goes by so that you can determine which card is missing. Those who correctly identify the missing card wins the round. The winners of each round get a point. After several rounds, whoever has the most points, wins.
Try this:
  • Say each object as it goes by to help increase the chances of remembering what is seen.
  • Remove one of the object cards and lay the remainder on the table face up for an easier version. Can the person identify the missing object?
  • Randomly place 7 of the 10 object cards in a line, face up. Look to remember. Turn the 7 cards face down and remove one. Shuffle the cards and ley them face up again. Which one is missing?
  • Start with fewer cards and work your way up.
  • Ask the individual to flip the cards where they lie, picking them up off a flat surface without sliding them to the edge of the table to flip.
If you are interested in purchasing this game or just want more information, click on the image below to go to Amazon.com.

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