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 15, 2015

Ooga Booga

In the tin: 54 cards

Work on manual dexterity, in-hand manipulation, auditory memory, visual memory, visual discrimination, figure ground, sequencing, social interaction, play and leisure exploration and participation
Ages 7+, 3-6 players

This funny memory game will have you remembering nonsense words and performing silly actions to determine the new chief of your clan. Deal 6 or 8 cards, depending on the number of players. If there are 2 of us, we each get 8 cards. Each card will have a picture and either a nonsense word to speak ( kiki, moki, ina, yonka, etc.) or a silly action to perform (clap your hands, stick out your tongue, bang your fist on the table).  The first player turns over his top card and repeats the "word" or performs the action on the card. The second player turns over his top card, repeats the first player, performs the action on his card, then places the card on the first player's card. Cover the word, but let the picture show. The first player now turns over his next card, repeats the first step, then the second step, then performs the new action or word. Lay the card on the pile, covering the previous word, but not the picture. As each player lays a new card, the list of steps gets longer and longer. This will go on until someone forgets a word or action. That person will take the line of cards and put them under his pile. A new line is started. The first person to run out of cards, wins. If you're interested in seeing this game in action, you can click here and go to Blue Orange's website and watch a quick video.  http://www.blueorangegames.com/index.php/games/ooga-booga

Try this:
  • Practice the sound as you look at the picture on a card. Go through several cards this way before beginning the game to give the individual an edge.
  • Take out some of the cards, leaving only three or four words. Then add them back in one at a time as the individual progresses.
  • Show each action card and practice the associated action before the game begins.
  • Lay two or three cards in a horizontal line, look at each picture and say the word. Then lay them in a vertical line and say each word. Mix the three cards and do again. Can the individual remember?
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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