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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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Friday, May 15, 2015

Go Fish Go Magnetic Maze

A beginner's magnetic maze.


Work on pencil grip, visual tracking, visual discrimination, figure ground, manual dexterity, fine motor precision, eye-hand coordination

In the box: 1 unit, magnetic tool attached
Ages 2-4

A simple, beginner's magnetic maze. The fish is constructed of wood and covered with a thick plastic to keep the six balls contained inside. The magnetic tool hangs loose. Hover the magnetic pencil-type tool over the metal ball you want to move and carefully pull the ball through the pathways. There are three circles where balls may be dropped, but there is no specific destination indicated so player's are free to use their imagination and stop wherever they want. To drop the ball, simply lift the magnetic tool off the plastic and the ball will release. A precursor to the Colorpillar Magnetic Maze and the Gumball Magnetic Maze.

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

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