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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Monday, January 4, 2016

Magnetic Wooden Pocket Dolls

Work on body awareness, dressing skills, identifying seasonal clothing, visual discrimination, manual dexterity, creative play, coordinated use of both hands, spatial relations

In the bag: 2 girls, 33 pieces of clothing

A simple beginning activity to introduce dressing or work on seasonal dressing. The activity comes with 2 girls and 33 pieces of clothing.  All pieces are a shiny paper glued to a type of pressed wood. The backs of all the clothing pieces are magnetic, and the clothing sticks to the dolls. The dolls are approximately 6 inches tall and no type of stand for the dolls is included. The vinyl storage bag is separated into three sections on the front and each section has a flap with a snap on the top to secure it. There is a heavy cardboard piece in the bag that is printed on the back with all the clothing. Clothing includes summer and winter, rainy day, bedtime, costumes, and swimwear. Here is a picture of all the pieces:

Try this:
  • Tell a simple story about what the doll will be doing and ask the individual to dress the doll for the occasion.
  • Talk about seasons and weather and dress the dolls appropriately.
  • Dress a doll and ask the individual what the weather would be to match the outfit.
  • Sort the clothes by types, such as tops, bottoms, hats, shoes.
  • Dress the doll one piece at a time as the child dresses. For instance, the child puts a shirt on the doll and then puts a shirt on herself. Then puts pants on the doll and dresses self in pants, etc.
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