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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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Saturday, May 16, 2015

Magnetic Bumper Cars

Take a ride on the magnetic bumper cars.

 
Work on spatial relations, visual discrimination, manual dexterity, thinking skills, problem solving
 
In the box: 9 bumper cars, track, challenge booklet
Ages 8+, 1 player

Unlike real bumper cars, the goal is to line up the nine cars so that they don't bump into each other or the side of the track. The game includes four cars driven by boys, four driven by girls, and one empty car. The puzzle book comes with 12 puzzles and three challenge levels, all requiring the player to think spatially.
  • Challenge 1 - When solved, all boy cars will point in one direction and all girl cars will point in another direction.
  • Challenge 2 - When solved, two boy cars will point in one direction and two boy cars will point in another direction. Two girls cars will point in one direction and two girl cars will point in another direction.
  • Challenge 3 - Each boy car will point in a different direction (north, south, east, west) and each girl car will point in a different direction (north, south, east, west)
Each puzzle starts you out with anywhere from two to four cars on the track. Cars can attract or repel from front, back, or sides. Not for the easily frustrated. Tip for putting the cars back into the plastic form to put away (if you didn't solve it): Turn the plastic form upside down and put the cars in that way. They are less likely to attach to each other. Don't ask me how I know... Ugh.
If you are interested in purchasing this puzzle or just want more information, click on the image below.


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