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, June 11, 2017

On The Line

Work on visualization, spatial relations/position in space, visual closure, manual dexterity, in-hand manipulation, coordinated use of both hands, executive functioning skills, socialization skills, process skills, play and leisure exploration and participation

In the box: 60 pattern cards, 8 transparent pieces

I like and play On the Dot by the same manufacturer, so when Amazon dropped the price of this to $3, we gave it a try. The goal of the game is to lay four transparent pieces on the pattern card so that they fit exactly on the pattern. As you can see from the image above, the transparent pieces are all the same shape and size. There are eight pieces included meaning that two people can play at the same time. Turn and rotate the pieces any way you need to be able to lay the four pieces on the card so that they cover the pattern exactly. When you have completed the puzzle correctly there will be black lines around the outer edge of the pattern and anywhere there are white lines on the pattern. The patterns increase in difficulty but are not numbered in any way for this. When I played, some of the patterns were fairly quick to figure out and some took several minutes.

Here are a couple of ways to play:
  • Mix the cards and deal five to each player. On go, each player works through their five pattern cards and the first one done is the winner.
  • Place one pattern between the players and both work to make the pattern, without laying it on the pattern card (will be harder).
  • Play alone and work through the stack.
Try this:
  • Hold the pattern card in the air as you work as opposed to playing on the table top. I found this was easier for me.
  • Make the pattern on top of the card and then make it on the side of the card.
If you are interested in purchasing this game or just want more information, click on the image below.

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