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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

Raccoon Rumpus


Work on visual discrimination, visual scanning, visual memory, figure ground, eye-hand coordination, manual dexterity, hand arches, in-hand manipulation, play exploration and participation, social interaction, thinking skills
 
In the box: 4 raccoon cards, 20 costume cards, 2 jumbo dice
Ages 3+, 2-4 players
 
The raccoons have raided your closet and now they are having a party. Your job is to help them try on different costumes. The person who tries on five costumes first, wins. To start, each player gets 1 blue raccoon card. As you can see from the images above and below, the raccoon heads are raised above the card. Each of the costume cards has a hole where the head should be, and that is so that the card will fit over the raccoon head, and The colors on the color die are red, blue, green, yellow, purple, and rainbow.so that five cards can be stacked on top of each other. The dice are oversized. Clothes on the clothing die are pants (2 sides), top (2 sides), pants and top, and underwear.
 
 
Spread the costume cards where all players can see them. In turn, each player will throw the two dice. After the dice are thrown, the player looks for that combination in the costume cards. An example below is a yellow die and a shirt die. The player picked a card with a yellow shirt. If you throw the shirt and pants, you can choose either the pants or the top of the color you have thrown. If you throw the underwear, you can pick any piece of clothing in the color you have thrown. If you throw the rainbow, you can choose any color of the clothing piece that you have thrown. 
 
Some of the occupations of the costume cards are vet, ballet dancer, chef, firefighter, artist, ball player, knight, snowboarder, and princess,
 
Try this:
  • Play alone. Throw the dice and practice finding a matching costume in the group and dress all four raccoons.
  • Choose one costume at a time and make the dice match the shirt and then the pants. Put the dice in the individual's hand one at a time and ask the individual to rotate it until they find what they need.
  • Hide the dice after they have seen the combination that was thrown. Ask the individual to remember the combination. Can the individual remember the combination and find the right card?
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