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, July 22, 2015

Match-It Bible Associations

Work on visual discrimination, visual closure, eye-hand coordination, play exploration and participation, spatial relations, manual dexterity
In the box: 26 self-correcting puzzle sets (52 pieces total)
Ages 3+
Bible Associations is just one of a line of simple Match-It puzzles and games from The Learning Journey. I have a number of their items and they are always brightly colored, kid-pleasing, and they have held up very well. The puzzle pieces in this set have a tab or blank on one side, and the other three edges are straight. The pieces are a little thicker than your typical jigsaw puzzle pieces. Each puzzle is made up of two puzzle pieces (see images). Self-correcting means that if the two pieces do not go together, they will not fit and the individual will know to try another piece. For this reason, it is a set that younger kids can also play alone. 
Try this:
  • Place the left piece from a puzzle in front of the individual. Then places two right pieces and ask the individual to find and place the correct piece on the right.
  • Place pieces from three or four puzzle sets (whatever the level you need) randomly in front of the individual. Turn pieces so that they are not in the correct orientation and ask the individual to complete the puzzles.
  • Place a left piece in front of the individual. Place several right pieces flat off to the side. Tell a simple story and ask the individual to find the piece for the right that would match the story you told.
If you are interested in purchasing this item or just want more information, click on the image below.

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