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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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Wednesday, August 5, 2015

KooKoo Puzzles


Work on manual dexterity, spatial relations, visual discrimination, visual closure, thinking skills, fine motor precision, eye-hand coordination, coordinate use of both hands

In the box: 24 large cards
Ages 7+

A different kind of puzzle that will challenge visual perceptual as well as hand skills. This game includes four different puzzles with six cards each. Also, when you turn all 24 cards over, you can build a large 24 card puzzle from the images on the back. In the picture above, you can see the six cards overlapping. Cards may need to lay on top or tucked in behind several cards, depending on the partial images that are showing. Cards need to be tilted to line up correctly. The cards are large, approximately 3 3/4 X 5 3/4. There are completed pictures included so that you know what you are working toward.  The box says ages 7+, but it only took me a minute or so to complete one six-piece puzzle. You will need to hold cards still with one hand so they don't slide around as you add new cards with the other.

Try this:
  • Make the puzzles without looking at the finished image (still not too challenging).
  • Start by completing one puzzle together. Give the cards to the individual, one at a time and in order, so that he gets an idea of what is expected.
  • Show the individual the finished picture, give him a few extra cards mixed in with the puzzle cards, and ask him to sort out the six he thinks will be needed.
If you are interested in purchasing this item or just want more information, click on the image below.

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