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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Sunday, October 9, 2016

Zingo To Go

Work on spatial relations, visual discrimination, visual closure, manual dexterity, eye-hand coordination, executive functions, social interaction and participation, taking turns, fine motor precision, figure ground, play and leisure exploration and participation

In the box: 9 snap-together traffic lights , plastic car with three dice inside, mesh carrying bag

Like regular ZINGO, this is a picture BINGO game, but that is where the similarities end. ZINGO TO GO is a portable, hand-held game without lots of loose pieces that makes this game easy to carry and play almost anywhere. The traffic lights (plastic piece with one red, one green and one yellow circle) snap together and the colored circles turn. The circles have pictures on one side and a solid color on the other side. The plastic car holds the three dice and cannot be opened without destroying the car. To play, shake the car and two dice will drop into the clear window at the bottom, revealing two objects.  You can see the two yellow dice in the picture above. Check your traffic lights, and if you match either or both objects on the dice, use your fingers to spin the picture(s) so that the solid color is now on the front. Once you have all three circles on one traffic light turned, you win. The one thing I would change about this game is the dice shaker. They make a real racket when those hard plastic dice are shaken in that hard plastic car. And of course there is less therapeutic value when the kids don't have a chance to cup the hand to hold and shake the dice. The car is uber cute (excuse the pun) and carries back to the traffic light theme, but I am seriously considering breaking the dice out. Unfortunately, there is no way to open the car without destroying it.

Try this:
  • Snap the traffic lights together so that the same color will make a horizontal BINGO, like they have done in the picture at the top. Beginners can watch for a horizontal BINGO where all discs that are turned are the same color.
  • Start by assembling a card with the same colors across for a horizontal BINGO and then watch for one specific color. If you are going for red, each time you shake the dice only turn a picture if it is on the red line. Watch only one line to practice spotting a win.
  • Start simple to explain the game by using one traffic light and shake the dice until all three circles are turned over. Then snap together two, then three, etc.
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