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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Friday, May 8, 2015

Doggone! Domino Game

Three versions of doggone fun in one game.

Work on visual discrimination, manual dexterity, in-hand manipulation, spatial relations, figure ground

In the box: 36 sturdy two-sided, cardboard dominoes, 1 game board
Ages 3+, 2-4 players

A matching game that offers three versions of doggone fun. Dominos have a single dog picture on one side and bones arranged as regular domino dots on the other side.
  1. BASIC- Place the game board on the table. Each player takes 9 dominoes.  Take turns matching a dog domino to a dog on the game board or to another domino that has already been played. A dog house is a wild card and can be matched with any dog. If a player cannot make a match, his turn is over. The game ends when someone plays all his dominoes.
  2. CHALLENGE GAME - Turn all dominoes dog side down on the table. Each person picks up three and holds them in his hand, like cards. Place the remaining cards in a pile, dog side down, and place the game board on the table. Players play one domino and pick one on each turn. If a doghouse is played, that player gets to play again and only picks 1 card at the end. The player to play all the cards in his hand first, wins.
  3. SUPER WOOF CHALLENGE GAME - Flip the dominos to the bone side and play a regular game of dominoes.
When dogs are being matched, each dog will be matched in a mirror image (see example above).

If you are interested in purchasing this game or just want more information, click on the image below.

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