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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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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Strawberry Shortcake Bowling Set

Work on eye-hand coordination, manual dexterity, social interaction, play exploration and participation, spatial relations, visual discrimination, sequencing

In the bag: 6 bowling pins, 2 balls
Ages 5+, 1 player

Get up and moving with a Strawberry Shortcake themed bowling set for indoor use. This set includes six vinyl, stuffed pins that are flat on the bottom and sturdy enough to stand on their own. The pins are numbered one through six. The balls are fairly large and can easily knock over the pins. This set can be used inside, at the end of a long table or hall perhaps. There are no sharp edges and they are not heavy enough to hurt surfaces.
Try this:
  • Set the pins up with plenty of room between them. Call a number and let the bowler try to bowl down that one pin.
  • Set the pins all close together and try to knock them all down with one roll.
  • Set the pins apart randomly and ask the bowler to knock them down in numerical order.
  • Set the pins up at different distances, the higher the number (point value), the further away. How many pins can be knocked over with six attempts (one attempt for each of six pins)?
If you are interested in purchasing this item or just want more information, click on the image below.

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