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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, October 11, 2015

It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown app

 
Work on finger isolation, swiping, app use, eye-hand coordination, manual dexterity, visual discrimination, visual tracking, fine motor precision
 
Did you grow up with the Peanuts gang like I did? If so, you may fall in love with this app. Still televised every Halloween after all these years, kids today enjoy Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Linus, Lucy, and the gang. This app has the original music and voices from the TV show and Peter Robbins, the voice of the original Charlie Brown, narrates. There are plenty of opportunities to interact including tapping small falling leaves to make them turn into large falling leaves,
 
 
designing your own personal costume for Charlie Brown (lots of choices of clothes and accessories),
 
 
and carving the pumpkin for Lucy's party (which will become part of your story).
 
 
Help Lucy bob for apples, play a song for Snoopy, and more.  It's a fun treat for kids young and old.
 
If you are interested in purchasing this app or just want more information, click on the image below.
 

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