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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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Willy's Wiggly Web Cutting Game

Work on snipping, controlling scissors, motor planning, manual dexterity, motor planning, spatial relations/position in space, visual motor integration, executive functions, social interaction, play and leisure exploration and participation
In the box: Base, 6 cardboard legs, 50 spider webs, 10 cardboard bugs, 1 large cardboard spider, scissors, 30 instruction cards
Ages 3-6, 2+ players
I don't think I have ever seen a cutting game before, and I always have individuals that are working on cutting, so was curious enough about this game to pay full price for it. The object of the game is to rescue all the bugs from Willy's web without making Willy fall off. You will accomplish this by cutting the paper web around the 10 bugs so that they fall through. To set up the game, put the cardboard legs in the slots in the base, stretch a paper web across the top (using the legs to keep it in place), and place the 10 bugs and the larger Willy spider on top of the web. The bugs include a ladybug, a cricket, a fly, a bee, and a dragon fly. To play, the first person picks a card and follows the directions. Each card will tell you how many cuts you may take (1-5), and then will tell you to pass the scissors either to the right or the left for the next player. This is a cooperative game, and if all bugs are cut out of the web without Willy falling off the web, the players have won. If Willy falls off the web first, he has won.
Let me begin by saying that I think this game is more for planning and generating interest in cutting and manipulating scissors than for any type of precision cutting. The scissors are quite small and at times I had to open and close them two or three times before they would actually cut. I used my own. You can't tell from the picture, but the 10 bugs are long, so that they can be put into the holes and stand upright. Unfortunately they are too long and/or heavy and they end up tipping over and lying flat on the web. I was constantly trying to stand them up but was not 100% successful as several now have cuts on them (and Willy has already lost a foot). The bugs would tip over and the kids would just try to cut through them. Fortunately they are thick and I was quick, so the damage was contained. The cards are an interesting addition, but will require three people to play because of the left/right directions. There are also two cards that say everybody move one chair to the left, and two that say everybody move one chair to the right. Not sure of the purpose of those, unless it is to position you differently to the box. There are 50 paper spider webs in the box and according to several reviewers on Amazon, the company will send you more just for the asking. Not sure I will need them as no one has wanted to play this game twice yet. Unfortunately, for OT purposes, I do not feel that this game added anything for those learning to cut.
Try this:
  • Use the cards with two players by giving all the cards that say left to the person on the right and the cards that say right to the person on the left to reinforce right/left for beginners.
  • Forget the cards. Take turns cutting one bug completely out of the web instead of counting snips.
  • Use some of your own bugs if you have lightweight bugs that would not weigh down the web.
  • Turn the box as you go to be in the best position for cutting out each bug. Talk about the importance of positioning your work at its best advantage for your best performance.
If you are interested in purchasing this game or just want more information, click on the image below.

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