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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Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Respect the Earth eeBoo Flash Cards

Work on environmental responsibility, principles to reduce, reuse, and recycle, creative thinking,
In the box: 48 flash cards, 1 parent card
Ages 5+
Respect the Earth Flash Cards teaches kids environmental responsibility and how not to take their planet for granted. The cards are approximately 4 1/2 X 6 inches and are printed in color on both sides. The front of each card starts a sentence in a thought bubble and shows a cat, dog, pig, or rabbit as the one talking. The back of each card shows similar drawings of animals in different settings and offers a suggestion related to reducing, reusing, or recycling. Here are a couple of examples:
Front - When you brush your teeth...
Back - Only run the water when you are actually using it.
Front - To play or read during the day...
Back - Use natural light. Turn on lights only when necessary!
The cards on the image above show the back of several of the cards. The parent card offers suggestions on introducing the subject to children and playing with the cards. Another in a series of flash cards sets from eeBoo, which also included Good Citizenship Flash Cards and Good Manners Flash Cards
Try this:
  • Take advantage of natural opportunities that arise to practice what has been learned.
  • Place the cards in a pile face up. Read the front of the first card and try to come up with your own suggestions before reading the back of the card. Many of the cards can have more than one answer. Train to think of creative solutions.
  • Catch them doing good and comment.
  • If the card includes interacting with others, role play what you will say and how you will say it with a positive light.
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