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

Quercetti FantaColor Junior

A big peg board, can be used with small hands.

Work on manual dexterity, visual discrimination, hand-eye coordination, crossing midline, figure ground, visual scanning 
In the box: 8 pattern cards, 48 plastic chips, 1 chip board, plastic carrying case
Ages 2+
Similar to Ravensburger Junior Colorino, this activity has large smooth chips that are suitable for small or large hands. Unlike Junior Colorino, this peg board has holes instead of plastic nubs. The plastic chips are pushed into the holes. It takes a little push and pull to add or remove them, but it is fairly easy and they stay put. You can either put the chip board flat on the carrying case to work, or you can slant it, like in the picture above. The eight cards have colored pictures on the front and black and white drawings, of the same pictures, on the back. The carrying case holds all the pattern cards and chips.
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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