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

Wash & Dry Bingo

In the box: 4 BINGO cards (printed on both sides - 8 games total), 4 sets of 16 marker pieces, 16 caller tiles, laundry bag

Work on visual discrimination, finger dexterity, figure ground, visual closure, spatial relations, manual dexterity
Ages 3-5, 1+ players

A three-up, three-across BINGO game featuring whimsical laundry on a clothes line. Place the 16 caller tiles in the laundry bag and shake. Pick one out of the bag. Everyone with the matching clothing item on their BINGO card covers it with a marker piece of the same item. Match three in a row and win the game. There are summer clothes (swimsuit, shorts, tee shirt), and winter clothes (hat, scarf, mittens).

Try this:
  • Work on horizontal bingos first, since the clothesline goes from left to right and thus the horizontal line is easiest to see.
  • Put all the marker pieces in a small plastic basket or bowl (laundry basket). Lay the 16 caller cards (or less) on the table and sort the matching laundry on top of them.
  • Use for teaching weather related dressing or recognition of clothing articles when dressing.

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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