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, April 7, 2015

Big Sneaky Puzzles

Find hidden letters and numbers in this large floor puzzle.

Work on manual dexterity, visual discrimination, visual closure, spatial relations, visual constancy, figure ground
In the box: 46 pieces
Ages 3+
Find hidden letters and numbers in this large-piece, 2-sided, emergency themed floor puzzle.  The finished size is 2 feet X 3 feet. Embedded in the side with the multiple emergency workers are the numbers 0-9 and letters A-Z. Letters and numbers can be found in different positions (up-side down, right-side up, their sides, etc.) depending on where you are sitting in relation to the puzzle.

The pieces stay together well and if you are quick you can flip it to see the truck on the opposite side without too many pieces breaking free. The Sneaky Puzzles come in many themes including Dinosaur Land, Enchanted Kingdom and A Day at the Zoo. They also have a line that includes 3D glasses.

Try this:
  • Ask the child to sit in a different position in relation to the puzzle each time it is assembled so that he will learn to recognize the letters and numbers in different orientations.
  • Turn all the pieces to the correct side before assembling if the child would not be able to accomplish this part.
  • Turn all the pieces to the correct side together. Look at the box and talk about the scene (grass, sky, buildings, fire) vs. one big red truck. Then put the box aside. Since the scenes are dissimilar enough, it will be a good chance to visualize the scene as each piece is analyzed for components, and work on problem solving.
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1 comment:

  1. Kathy,
    You do a great job describing ways to play these games! Putting this puzzle together with you was fun, even if it was very simple.
    Your Husband


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