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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Thursday, October 22, 2015

Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown Look and Find Book

Work on visual discrimination, figure ground, manual dexterity, visual memory, visual scanning, visual form constancy
A great Look and Find figure ground book based on the classic A Charlie Brown Christmas. Each of the eight two-page scenes is inspired by the classic TV show, but may not be taken directly from the show. For instance the skating scene is there, but there is also a scene where Charlie Brown sells his comic book collection to make money so he can buy a Christmas present. Scenes include choosing a Christmas tree, neighborhood decorations, making snowmen, and Christmas shopping.

Each scene has six to eight items to search and find. In addition, in the back of the book there is another set of items to find for each scene. So instead of eight search-and-finds, you actually have 16.
A portion of some of the items will be hidden behind other items in the scenes. All the Peanuts characters are here including Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Sally, Linus, Lucy, Pigpen, Peppermint Patty, and Marci. Look and Find books are similar to the I SPY books.
Try this:
  • After going through the book, look at one of the sets of things to find in the back of the book. Look at one item from the set, go to the scene, and see if you can remember and find the item.
  • Help narrow it down if the individual is struggling. I start by telling them which page it is on. If they still can't find it you might tell them it is in the top, middle, or bottom portion of the page.
  • Make a color copy of the two pages in the back of the book with the additional search-and-find objects. Cut them apart to use for reference with each scene.
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