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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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Sunday, September 13, 2015

IQ Twist

Work on spatial relations, visual discrimination, visual closure, visual form constancy, critical and analytical thinking, manual dexterity, in-hand manipulation, play and leisure exploration and participation
 
In the box: Carrying case/game board, 7 pegs, 8 twisted playing pieces, 120 challenge booklet
Ages 6-99, 1+ players
 
A portable, one-person brainteaser that will challenge everyone, as the manufacturers suggest, from age 6 - 99. The rules are straightforward:
  1. Select a challenge and place the pegs on the game board as shown on the diagram.
  2. Place all eight twisted pieces on the game board. They should exactly fill the game board leaving no empty spaces and no pieces should be overlapping the edges of the game board. You may only place a twisted piece on a peg of the same color.
There are five levels of challenges which get more difficult as they go, ranging from starter to wizard. The higher the challenges go, the fewer pegs are on the board and the more options there are for placement of the twisted pieces. It's a great logical thinking,  strategic planning, spatial workout.
 
Try this:
  • Start by allowing the individual to watch you work a puzzle. Talk out loud as you try different options to teach the individual how to problem solve.
  • Start easier by putting all but the last two pieces in the puzzle. Allow the individual to figure out and place them. Then leave out three pieces, then four, to gradually work up to a whole puzzle.
If you are interested in purchasing this game or just want more information, click on the image below.

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