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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Saturday, August 1, 2015

Melissa & Doug Jumbo Knob Puzzle

Work on visual discrimination, spatial orientation, grasp and release, manual dexterity, figure ground
Included with each: Puzzle board and three large pieces with knobs
Ages 1+
A very simple shape puzzle for young kids, or perhaps working on gross grasp and release. The wooden board is thick and heavy duty. The pieces are large and have a large, easy-to-grasp knob. The picture is also printed on the background to aid in placement. This puzzle will hold up well over time. Store flat as, with lots of Melissa & Doug toys, there is no box or way to keep the pieces in the board.
Try this:
  • Place the pieces next to the board upside down, requiring the individual to orient each piece for placement.
  • Put puzzle board on a slant board to work.
  • Place the piece on the opposite side of the board from the dominant hand to require crossing over to pick it up.
  • Remove only one piece and place it by the board with a piece from the second puzzle. Ask the individual to choose the missing piece. Put the piece in a grouping with three or four pieces and do the same.
If you are interested in purchasing this item or just want more information, click on the image below.

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