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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Sunday, August 30, 2015

Musical Pairs Note Matching Card Game

Work on visual discrimination, visual memory, manual dexterity, spatial relations, in-hand manipulation, social interaction, musical note recognition,

In the box: 52 cards
Ages 4+, 2+ players

A musical pairs, note matching memory card game. The simple rules for memory games apply:
  1. Spread the 52 cards, in rows, face down on a flat surface.
  2. Players take turns turning over two cards. If they match, the player keeps the cards and plays again. This continues until the player turns over two cards that do not match. He then turns the cards back over in the same spots and his turn is over. The next player repeats the process.
When all cards have been paired up and removed from the table, the game ends. The player with the most sets wins. There are 13 pairs of treble clef notes and 13 pairs of bass clef notes. The cards are brightly colored and coated.
Try this:
  • Use the cards as flash cards. Hold your thumb over the answer at the bottom as you show the card to the player(s). If he can identify the card, take it out of play. If he cannot, let him study the card and the answer, then put it in the back of the deck.
  • Ask the individual to hold the deck of cards in his non-dominant hand and push the cards off the top with his thumb, one at a time, while setting up the game grid.
  • Hold up two cards that are similar, such as both treble clef, both bass clef, both sharps, etc. Hide the answer at the bottom with your thumb. Give them one answer and ask them which card matches.
  • Give them one set of cards of ask them to lay them out in a straight line as they appear on a keyboard.
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