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

My First UNO

UNO for beginners.

Work on manual dexterity, shifting, visual discrimination, coordinated use of both hands, social participation, leisure exploration and participation, play exploration and participation
In the box: 36 cards
Ages 3+, 2-4 players
UNO for beginners has easy-to-hold large cards and a modified deck. Deck includes wild cards, number cards, and draw 2 cards - no reverse or skip cards. Play like regular UNO. Shuffle cards and deal 5 to each player. Set the deck on the table and turn over one card which becomes the discard pile. Players take turns discarding one card onto the discard pile. Card must match the top card by number or color. A wild card, however, can be played at any time and allows the players to change the color to whatever color he wants. The next player must play that new color. A draw 2 card will force the next player to draw 2 cards instead of discarding one. If you don't have a card to play, draw one card from the pile. If you can play it, go ahead. If you can't, your turn is over. When you are down to one card you must announce it by saying "UNO". First person out of cards is the winner. Pictures are big and bright. My First Uno decks come in lots of different themes.

Wild card, number card, draw 2 card

Try this:
  • Take out the draw 2 and wild cards when introducing the game. Add them back one at a time after the child has learned to play.
  • Sort the cards by number and then by color to introduce the matching elements.
  • Practice fanning cards and adding one to the hand or subtracting one from the hand without playing a game if this is difficult.
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