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 29, 2017

Adapting Off-the-Shelf Games & Toys for Therapy - Thanksgiving Edition

LEGO Thanksgiving Turkey - LEGO puts out limited edition sets for different seasons and holidays. They go fast.

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving app - Another charming Charlie Brown android app from Loud Crow. Based on the TV special, Charlie Brown and Snoopy whip up a Thanksgiving meal of jelly beans, pretzels, popcorn, and toast. See how his guests respond. Lots of chances to interact with the app.

Thanksgiving J-I-N-G-O - Bingo Thanksgiving style.

The Thanksgiving Box of Questions - Therapy conversation starters or serve up before or after the big meal. Thought provoking questions based on Thanksgiving themes. 

Oriental Trading Thanksgiving - Affordable Thanksgiving craft kits, jewelry kits, sticker scenes and sun catchers.

Holiday Fluxx Card Game - This edition covers Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's. Looking for a game to work on executive functioning? This might be it.

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