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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

Magnetic Colorpillar Maze

Practice a tripod grasp without writing.


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 3-6
 
Another chance to practice a tripod grasp without writing. Start here if the Magnetic Gumball Maze is too challenging. Only four colors, one level, and four sections to move to. Only the tool is removable from the wooden maze, the balls are self-contained behind thick plastic. Hover the magnetic tool over the metal ball you want to pick up and it will jump to meet the tool. Carefully guide the ball through the maze to the section where you want to drop it. Lift the magnetic tool off the plastic surface and the ball will release. Fewer balls than the larger Magnetic Gumball Maze. Same bright colors and a fun kid theme. Push the tool into the slot on the board for storage.

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