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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Saturday, May 9, 2015

5 Second Rule

In the box: 288 cards with 576 categories, 5 second twisted timer.
Ages 10+, 3+ players

It seems impossible, but you actually can name three pizza chains, or three Christmas gifts you would hate to receive, or three ocean animals in five seconds or less. You may surprise yourself with how easily some answers roll off your tongue and how blank your mind goes on other categories just as familiar. The timer is unique - a tall plastic tube with small metal beads inside that swirl to the bottom when turned over. When they all arrive, time is up. A very fast paced game that requires no set up and has many general category cards that many could answer. Here are a few examples:
  • Name 3 words that rhyme with red
  • Name 3 engine parts
  • Name 3 things you might find in the basement
  • Name 3 things you do while no one is looking
  • Name 3 streets in your town
If you are interested in purchasing this game or just want more information, click on the image below.

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