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, March 19, 2016

Busy Bugs Learning Set

Work on visual discrimination, visual closure, spatial relations, figure ground, visual scanning, manual dexterity, counting, sequencing, stereognosis, social skills, play and leisure exploration and participation 
In the box: 11 activity cards (22 activities), answer key and blank card, 36 bugs
Get busy with brightly colored, flexible plastic bugs and lots of activity cards based on counting, patterning, and sorting by color, shape, and insect type. The laminated cards are 11-1/2" X 4-1/2" and have held up well. There is also a blank activity card so you can make up your own activity. I have never tried dry erase markers on them but I am thinking it would work if you erased it as soon as you were done. The bugs are nicely detailed on the cards as well as on the bug itself. There are six different colors and six different bugs. Each bug type includes one of each color. Bug types are grasshopper, fly, spider, dragonfly, beetle, and caterpillar. There is also a guide included with eight additional activities. They are:
  • Who Comes Next? Pattern game.
  • Who is missing? Memory game.
  • Line 'Em Up! Sorting game.
  • The Busy Bug. Counting game.
  • Bug Talk. Language game.
  • Bubbly Bug Soup. Following directions game.
  • Bugs in a Bag. Tactile game.
  • Who's the Buggiest? Counting game.
Try this:
  • Use tweezers to pick up and place the bugs.
  • Hide the bugs around the room and ask the child to find them. Place some of them in sight, some half-way out of sight, and some out of sight.
  • Place all the bugs in a group and play I SPY. For example, I SPY a red fly. Who can find it first?
  • Play I SPY but make sure that the bugs are in different orientations, such as upside down and on their sides. Can they still find them?
  • Sort out all the bugs by color or type as you put them away.
This product can be purchased through a Discovery Toy website if you are interested.

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