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, May 13, 2015

Junior Colorino

Work on manual dexterity, visual discrimination, hand-eye coordination, crossing midline, figure ground, visual scanning 
In the box: 4 game cards (colored on one side, black and white on the other), 1 transparent large chip board, 37 round chips in four colors
Ages 2+
The board is 8.5 X 12.25 inches and has 54 plastic round nubs that you snap the chips over. They are not hard to push on, but fit snug enough to stay on.  On the back of the chip board there are four small clips that hold the picture in place. The board can be used flat, or on a slanted surface. I usually clip it to a slant board. The chips are smooth plastic and measure 1.25 inches across.

The size of the chips (back view).

Try this:
  • Put one chip in in the individual's hand, upside-down and at the base of the fingers. Ask him to use the thumb to push the chip to the fingertips and orient for placement.
  • Take the picture out and use the clear chip board. Put one colored chip on the board and ask the individual to scan the board, find the chip, and pull it off.
  • Take the picture out and place a column of chips, top to bottom, on the furthest edge from the dominant hand. Ask the individual to cross midline and get the green chip, then the blue chip, etc.
If you are interested in purchasing this item or just want more information, click on the image below.

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