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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Wednesday, November 4, 2015

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving Android App

Work on finger isolation, swiping, app use, eye-hand coordination, manual dexterity, visual discrimination, visual tracking, fine motor precision

If you have read much of my blog, you already know that I don't miss an opportunity to talk about Charlie Brown and the gang. Loud Crow Interactive has created three Android Peanuts apps that use images and music from the original Charlie Brown TV specials: A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown, and A Charlie Brown Christmas.  Based on the TV special, A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, Charlie Brown and Snoopy whip up a last minute meal of jelly beans, popcorn, pretzels, and toast. See how his guests react to this non-traditional meal. Narrated by the adult Stephen Shea (original voice of Linus). It is also possible to turn off the narration and read a Charlie Brown Thanksgiving on your own. There is a hidden leaf on each section to discover as well as many other interactive features. Help clean out the garage to get the table, set the Thanksgiving table, pop the corn, and sing along with the gang to name a few. Turn the pages by swiping from right to left, bottom.  

Will she?


Help Snoopy butter the toast and pop the corn.

Time to eat. Will a feeling of thankfulness pervade?

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