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, July 8, 2017

Counting Money - Level 2

Work on money skills, visual discrimination, manual dexterity, fine motor precision, spatial relations, in-hand manipulation, visual closure

In the box: 12 self-checking puzzles

Work on coin identification, coin value, and counting money with this 12 puzzle set. Each puzzle consists of a larger piece with a picture of an item and its price, and from three to five small coin pieces that are attached at the bottom. Coins pictured are pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters. The coin cards show coins from the front and coins from the back as well. Puzzles are self-correcting, meaning an incorrect piece will not fit snugly in the wrong place. Prices range from 12 to 75 cents. The prices are not realistic as far as purchasing in real life, such as the basketball above is 27 cents. But then again, what can you buy anymore for between 12 and 75 cents. I have used level one for years, and only recently found out there is also a level two and three, which advance in difficulty. You can purchase the levels separately or as a set.

Try this:
  • Place the coin cards necessary for a puzzle next to the large card and ask the individual to place them from largest denomination down to smallest.
  • Place actual coins on top of the coin pictures.
  • Sort coins cards into piles per denominations
  • Make sure that some of the actual coins are upside-down and flat on the tabletop. Ask the individual to pick up the coins one at a time and turn them in-hand to the correct side and orientation to match the coin on the puzzle before placing it on top of the picture.
  • Place the three coins needed for each puzzle in the individual's palm and ask him to bring them to the fingertips, one at a time, and orient them for placement without dropping any.
  • Ask the child to sort all of the coins into a money tray before starting. Then after assembling each puzzle, ask him to pick up the three coins needed, one at a time, and squirrel them in the palm without dropping any.
  • Place the puzzle pieces flat on the table and in different orientations. After picking up a piece, ask the individual to shift it in his fingertips to orient it for placement.

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