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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, January 31, 2017

Find It! Battle Sports

Find It! set for 2 players. Good for figure ground, visual closure and sustained attention.

Work on figure ground, visual discrimination, visual closure, visual form constancy, eye-hand coordination, focus, attention, motor planning, manual dexterity, coordinated use of both hands, shoulder stability, social interaction skills, play and leisure exploration and participation

In the box: 2 Find It! tubes with 30 sports items each, 27 Find It! cards

Battle it out with a Find It! game for two. The line of Find It! games are good for figure ground and visual closure skills since the small items you are looking for are buried in small plastic pellets. You must shake the tube to rearrange the pellets and uncover the items. Items are often partly buried when you spot them and shaking gently can uncover them completely or bury them more. There are 30 items in this set (both tube is the same except for color) that include arrow, bowling pin, fish hook, basketball hoop, bobsled, sneaker, snowboard, scuba diver, ice skate, pool ball, swimsuit, water bottle, whistle. This is the only Find It! game that I know of that comes with 2 tubes, so you can compete with a friend. The standard Find It! tubes are roughly 10.5H x 3.5W and weigh a little under two pounds. The tubes in this game each measure about 7.5H x 4.5W and weigh about 1.2 pounds. There are 27 cards with challenges, one on each side, 54 total. Choose a card and both players search their own tube. The first to find it gets the card. The person with the most cards at the end wins. Items found can be open to interpretation. Here are a few examples:
  • Find something with wheels
  • Find something you can wear
  • Find something that you steer
  • Find an item you hit a ball with
  • Find an item used in a winter sport
  • Find an item that gets kicked
  • Find two balls at the same time
Find It! tubes come in many different themes.

Try this:
  • Stand while using the tube if you want the individual to shake without stabilizing the arms on the table. Or allow the individual to sit with elbows on the table for stability.
  • Take the stickers off the front of the tube so that you can see all the way around the tube.
  • Try different methods of shaking - up and down, forward and back, side to side, fast and slow - to involve a variety of ranges of motion.
  • Shake the tube for a few seconds and then slowly turn it and see what is revealed.
  • Eliminate speed, play alone.
  • Set out two or three cards out at a time to avoid frustration, as it may be difficult and time consuming to find a single item.


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