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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Friday, October 9, 2015

Card Holder

Work on manual dexterity, holding playing cards
In the package: 1 plastic card holder
Ages 3+
I just used this card holder in therapy for the first time today and couldn't wait to blog about it. The holder says "Little Hands" on it, and that sounded to me like it might be for kids. But it could be used for kids or adults. The young lady that used it today was a teenager and was very pleased with it. The most important thing for a card holder is that cards can slip in without any trouble and that when you take a card out, the other cards around it don't come out with it. This card holder delivers on both accounts. We played UNO today and the card holder held five to seven cards very comfortably. I put 12 cards in it to see if the cards could still be pulled out one at a time, without bringing others with it, and they could.

Adult holding card holder with 12 UNO Frozen cards.

It is an awesome tool for someone who cannot fan cards and hold them in place while playing a game. Holder is made of smooth plastic and the blue over the handle is a smooth covering, not exactly rubber, but less smooth that the holder itself, for a better grip.

Left - Size in relation to an adult hand. Middle - Front of holder. Right - Back of holder.

One thing I do not know about at this time is how long it will continue to hold cards perfectly. After much use it is bound to get a little sloppy. I will update if and when that happens. Happy playing!
If you would like to purchase this item or just for more information, click the image below.

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