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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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Thursday, September 3, 2015

Chop Sticks

Work on eye-hand coordination, visual discrimination, manual dexterity, coordinated use of both upper extremities, social interaction, concentration, play exploration and participation, tool use 

In the box: 8 chop sticks, 4 towers, 16 discs
Ages 6+

Concentration, a steady hand, and the coordinated use of both hands/arms will be necessary to succeed with this game. To play, use two chop sticks to pick up a disc and place it on top of the tower. With practice, and steadying my arms against my body for stability, I learned to pick up the disc. Raising the disc to the tower, which required moving my arms away from my body, was my next challenge. If you place the tower close, and move your whole body forward instead of moving your arms away from your body, it's easier, but somehow feels like cheating. LOL. Not for the easily frustrated. May take many practice trials to move just one. Pieces are all wooden, brightly colored, and painted.

Try this:
  • Place the chop sticks flat against the table to pick up. They have to be kept straight and parallel to each other. If the tips come to a point, the disc will just slide down.
  • Start by placing the discs on the table top and picking them up and moving them off to the side. Attempt the tower after you can successfully transfer the discs.
If you are interested in purchasing this item or just want more information, click on the image below.

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