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 22, 2015

Gobblet Junior

Work on spatial relations, visual memory, visual discrimination, visual closure, figure ground, manual dexterity, executive functions, values, social participation, play and leisure exploration and participation 

In the box: 4 bars to build a playing board, 12 Gobblers (6 red, 6 yellow)
Ages 5+, 2 player 

The rules for Gobblet Junior! are the same as the rules for Gobblet Gobbler. Just the pieces look different. So... I am copying and pasting the rest of this post from Gobblet Gobbler. No sense in reinventing the wheel! 

Like tic-tac-toe, get three of your colored pieces in a row - vertically, horizontally, or diagonally - to win.  That is where the comparison between the two games ends. Each person has two large pieces, two medium sized pieces, and two small pieces in his own color. Pieces are hollow and  can cover smaller pieces already on the board (see the large red piece over the medium yellow piece above). On your turn you have several options: 1) place a new piece in any empty space, or 2) place one of your larger pieces over any colored piece already on the board, or 3) move one of your pieces already on the board to any empty space or to cover any other piece on the board. If the piece you want to move is covering another piece, try to remember what is underneath that you will be uncovering. If you can't remember, you may inadvertently help the other player win! I hope I didn't make this sound too difficult, as it is a fun game that moves fairly quickly. Always keep an eye on what pieces the other player has left and keep your biggest pieces for strategic moves, as they can cover both medium and small pieces. All parts are wooden, well constructed, and brightly painted. Blue Orange plants two trees for every one tree they use to manufacture games.

Try this:
  • Start with a regular tic-tac-toe game, using color only and not covering pieces, if the individual does not know how to play tic-tac-toe yet.
  • Start with a paper and pencil tic-tac-toe for an easier version for beginners.
  • Start slower by just placing new pieces on the board, not moving pieces already on the board.
  • Don't cover pieces until the individual can play the regular tic-tac-toe game.
  • Work toward a win in only one plane, instead of watching horizontal, vertical and diagonal. Then introduce two planes, and then three after the individual is able to watch all three at once.
If you are interested in purchasing this game or just want more information, click on the image below.

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