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


In the box: 27 two-piece jigsaw-type puzzle pieces

Work on visual discrimination, visual closure, visual form constancy, figure ground, manual dexterity, in-hand manipulation, coordinated use of both hands, play exploration and participation

Each two-piece puzzle consists of one full color piece and one black silhouette piece. Pretty straightforward, match the colored piece to its silhouette.

Try this:
  • Start slow by putting one full color piece in front of the individual and two silhouette pieces. Ask him to find the match.
  • Put the color pieces in a stack and arrange the silhouette pieces all flat in front of the individual. One at a time take a color piece from the stack and ask him to find its silhouette.
  • Arrange the silhouette pieces in different orientations from the color pieces and find the matches.
  • Start with the silhouette piece and find the color match.
  • Place the pieces in the wrong orientation on the table and ask the individual to turn each piece, in-hand, to right the orientation.
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