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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, July 17, 2015

Frozen Panorama Puzzle


Work on visual discrimination, visual closure, spatial relations, figure ground, manual dexterity, in-hand manipulation, play and leisure exploration and participation, social interaction, crossing midline, motor planning

In the tin: 3 smaller puzzles that equals 1 panoramic puzzle
Ages 6+

Have you tried the Panorama Puzzles? Three different puzzle difficulties that make for one large puzzle to grow with! Or, a great family puzzle for kids of different ages. Note the three numbers at the top of the picture above - 48, 63, and 100. Those represent the numbers of pieces in the three puzzles. When assembled together, the three puzzles make one Panorama puzzle of the Frozen characters. The 48 piece puzzle has the largest pieces, the 63 piece puzzle has medium pieces, and the 100 piece puzzle has the smallest pieces. Panorama puzzles comes in lots of different characters. Make sure you read the description before buying because sometimes panorama just means a view or a long, rectangle puzzle. The three-part Panorama puzzles that I have, and have seen, have all been in tins.

Try this:
  • Have three kids each assemble one puzzle and connect them all together.
  • Mix all the pieces together and turn it into a 211 piece puzzle with varying piece sizes.
  • Find a few pieces on the opposite side of the dominant hand of the individual working the puzzle. Ask him to place the pieces with his dominant hand, requiring the crossing of midline.
  • Ask the individual to turn pieces in-hand when he picks them up in the wrong orientation.
  • Act out the players' favorite scenes from the movie. Give everyone a part or go solo.
  • Mix all three puzzle sizes and ask the individual to divide the pieces into three piles, by size, before beginning.
  • Follow with a snowball fight. Indoor Snowballs
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