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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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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Sticky Mosaic Pretty Cards


Work on precise fine motor control, in-hand manipulation, pincer, coordinated use of both hands, eye-hand coordination, tactile perception, figure ground, spatial relations, visual discrimination, play and leisure exploration and participation

In the box: 8 cards, 8 envelopes, small square stickers, gem stickers
Ages 5+

Handcrafted Mother's Day cards for about $1.50 each. Not a bad price for a card, plus you get the fun and value of personalizing it! There are no words inside the cards, so you can make them for any occasion you want. I had kids make them and give them out for Mother's Day. There will be stickers on both the inside and outside of the cards. There is a cutout on the front that lets the stickers on the inside show. There are four designs and 2 of each design - eight total. I don't have one to take a picture of because we gave them all away, but maybe this picture will help.

Each card starts out with squares with numbers. You can see this best on the card above in the middle top, the big flower. The green leaf has white boxes with black numbers in them. Find a square's number on the color key and place that color sticker on the square. The color key is bottom left front of the box and printed on a sheet inside the box. Stickers have to be oriented in different directions and they are quite small squares. If kids have trouble taking the stickers off and leaving the white backing behind, I take them off in little chunks and hand the chunks to them to pull apart and place. It makes a nice finished card that kids have been happy to give. The cards are the size of a typical greeting card and we complete one in less than a therapy session. Of course that depends on the individual. Envelopes are included. I am waiting for a Christmas version!

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1 comment:

  1. This one looks really neat, fun to create and a pretty picture for the fridge too.

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