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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, June 26, 2015

Chairs


Work on manual dexterity, eye-hand coordination, social interaction, play and leisure exploration and participation, body awareness, graded release, thinking skills, problem solving
 
In the box: 24 chairs.
Ages 5+, 2+ players
 
 A steady hand and a creative mind will help you stack your way to victory. This game consists of 24 light-weight, plastic chairs in eight different designs (see above). They are all the same height and width, but each of the eight has a different design in the back or legs so that you have options for "hooking" chairs together as you stack. You may find yourself lightly steadying the tower with a stabilizing hand while you add chairs with your dominant hand. You can stack the chairs randomly (left) or you can make a pattern as you stack. Take the challenge by yourself, or with others. One at a time, each player adds a chair to the tower. Only the bottom chair should touch the tabletop. Can you stack them all without toppling the tower? Topple the chairs and you are out of the game. The tower is fairly easy to topple.
Try this:
  • Play with the chairs before starting a game so that players can feel the weight, experiment with how the different designs hook together, and practice stacking.
  • Start with fewer chairs if an individual is working alone or having difficulty.
  • Stack the chairs with your non-dominant hand for an extra challenge.
  • Stack only chairs of one color (eight total, one of each design) to start with an easier game.
If you are interested in purchasing this game or just want more information, click on the image below.

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