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

Rush Hour Jr

Work on manual dexterity, in-hand manipulation, visual discrimination, visual closure, figure ground, spatial relations, critical and analytical thinking, play and leisure exploration and participation

In the box: 1 traffic grid, 1 ice cream truck, 15 assorted vehicles, 40 challenge cards
Ages 6+
All the fun of the classic Rush Hour Traffic Jam puzzle game, but with fewer vehicles, - just for beginners. With the game comes 40 challenge cards that get progressively more difficult as you go. To play, choose a challenge card and place your vehicles on the grid according to the picture. Now, move the vehicles top to bottom, bottom to top, left to right, and right to left to clear a path for the ice cream truck to drive off the grid (small cutout in side, top right). Vehicles must stay on the path they are on when the puzzle is set up. An error in setting up the grid may result in an unworkable puzzle. Puzzles increase in difficulty as you advance. The answers to the puzzles are on the back of the cards. Also available are Rush Hour Railroad, Rush Hour Safari, and the original Rush Hour.
Try this:
  • Make a game out of just setting up traffic jams, following the pattern cards, if the puzzles will be too difficult to complete.
  • Complete the first couple of moves to get the game started and model how to play.
  • Work backwards. Do all but the last move, then do all but the last two moves, then do all but the last three moves, etc.
  • Complete a challenge as the individual looks on. Talk out loud as you problem solve to help the person learn. Then ask him to complete the same challenge.
  • Set up a challenge. Then turn the card to the back and give the individual the instructions, one at a time, for completing the puzzle. Can the follow the directions correctly and solve the puzzle?
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