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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Monday, July 27, 2015

Hangman Riddles

Work on basic sensory and body awareness, manual dexterity, in-hand manipulation, deductive reasoning, tripod grasp, visual discrimination, spatial relations, visual closure
In the book: Storybook about five senses, 26 riddle cards, dry erase hangman board 
A simple approach to sensory and body awareness. Read the nineteen page Doctor, Doctor book, which focuses on sight, sound, taste, touch, and smell.
Follow that up with riddles about different body parts including ears, stomach, arms, feet, head, fingers, lungs, chest, neck, brain, and elbows. Each riddle card has three clues at the top and a riddle at the bottom. Here is an example:
1. You have two of us.
2. You cover us when it is cold.
3. We help you to hear.
Riddle: You have one of us on each side of your head. We help you hear everything that is said.
There is also a simple dry erase card that you can use for a game of hangman if you are working on spelling or writing (below right, bottom). The storybook on the left (purple) does not detach. The pieces on the right are held in by attached plastic. It closes like a book but there is no latch to keep it closed.
Try this:
  • Give clues one at a time and ask the individual to make a guess after each clue until the answer is deduced.
  • Divide the riddle at the bottom into two or three separate clues.
  • Let the individual guess one letter for the hangman game after each clue.
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