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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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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Socken Zocken



In the box: 1 sock monster, 13 clothespins, 48 socks
 
Work on manual dexterity, fine motor precision, visual discrimination, figure ground
Ages 6+, 1+ players
 
All players simultaneously find matching socks until someone scores five pair and grabs the sock monster to signal the round is over. Closely examine the five pair to make sure they match, as differences can be subtle. If they all match, the person get a clothespin and another round begins. Play continues this way until someone has won three clothespins and is declared the winner.
 
Try this:
  • Start with fewer pairs if 48 socks is overwhelming.
  • Arrange the matching socks in different orientations so that they will be more difficult to find.
  • Use it like a puzzle and snap the socks back into the frames that they came out of.
  • Use the clothespins and clip the matching pairs onto a string or the side of a box.

For more information, click on the image below.

 

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