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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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Geometric Sorting Board

Work on manual dexterity, visual discrimination, figure ground, tactile discrimination, spatial orientation, eye-hand coordination, sequencing

In the box: Pegboard and 16 colorful wood pieces in four colors
Ages 2-6

This pegboard features solid construction, bright colors, and four different shapes. When the board is empty, the individual must recognize the location for the piece by matching the dowel positions to the holes on the piece. The pieces slide on and off the dowels easily.

Try this:
  • Put one piece of each shape on the board to start if the individual would not be able to identify the shape by the position of the dowels.
  • Put all the pieces in a bag (or Ned's Head). Ask the individual to reach into the bag and, without looking, pick up one piece, feel it, and identify it as a circle, triangle, rectangle, or square before removing and placing on board.
  • Sort the shapes on the tabletop by color.
  • Cover the board except for one shape at a time and stack if the individual is distracted by the other pieces.
  • Stack all of one shapes, for instance all circles. Ask the individual to stack each geometric shape using the same color pattern as you used for the circles.
  • Learn shape names by verbally identifying each piece as it is placed. 
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