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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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Saturday, November 28, 2015

Square Up

Work on manual dexterity, spatial relations, visual discrimination, figure ground, visual closure, eye hand coordination, visual memory, coordinated use of both hands, finger isolation, critical and analytical thinking, processing speed, attention, social skills, play and leisure exploration and participation 
 
In the box: 2 game boards, 2 shaker cubes, 48 colorful plastic tiles
Ages 6+

You'll need to move fast to win this one. Lift the lid and place 24 plastic tiles in each of the two game boards. There will be one empty space that will allow you to slide the tiles. There is what looks like a circle in the middle of each tile. That is a dip, a place for your finger to sit as you move the tiles. Each game board is about 8" square. Each player now shakes his shaker cube until all pieces are flat in the bottom.
 

This is the pattern you will be creating in the middle nine tiles on your game board. Quickly slide the tiles around one by one to change their positions and get the nine tiles lined up in the middle. When you close the lid, you can see the nine middle tiles highlighted. Do they match the shaker cube? If they do, and you were the first one done, you win.

Try this:
  • Demonstrate how to move the tiles around, and then practice before competing.
  • Take away the time factor if the pressure interferes with performance.
  • Shake the shaker cube and place the tiles in the game board in that order for a simpler game.
If you are interested in purchasing this game or just want more information, click on the image below.
 


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