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 3, 2015

Swingy Thing

Work on eye-hand coordination, manual dexterity, coordinated use of both hands, thinking skills, problem solving, leisure exploration and participation

In the box: Unit you see above (it's sitting on a wire stand), 52 challenges.
Ages 6+, 1 player

Whirl it, twirl it, spin it two ways at once! Swingy Thing is advertised as a fidget toy that will get your hands and brain working together.  I have to admit, this one has been a challenge for me. Using a combination of up-and-down movements and back-and-forth movements, get some of the pieces swinging while keeping others still. Painted pieces are wood and they all swing independently of each other. There is a short video at Fat Brain Toys that shows people spinning it, but not really how to get it started. But at least you can see what it is supposed to look like in action. https://www.fatbraintoys.com/toy_companies/fat_brain_toy_co/swingy_thing.cfm

The 52 challenges are printed on a large, single piece of folded paper. The website says "Great tool for stress relief". Funny how frustration to one can be stress relief to another. : ) Give me time, I'll get there. Give it to kids and, like kids do, some of them will figure it out right away. They never cease to amaze me.

If you are interested in purchasing this item or just want more information, click on the image below.

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