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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Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Number Construction

Work on visual discrimination, spatial relations, visual form constancy, visual closure, eye-hand coordination, manual dexterity, coordinate use of both hands, Touch Math, numbers 0-9, executive functioning skills, process skills, play and leisure exploration and participation 

In the box: 50 number pieces, 5 cards

This set reminded me of the Handwriting Without Tears (HWT) program, but it is NOT a HWT product. I am a huge fan of HWT and used it exclusively when I was a school OT. It's a great program, especially for kids who have trouble with visual perceptual skills. One year I even did a whole-class session in a self-contained room and by the end of the year, everyone was writing legibly. The teacher later told me that there were several older kids in the class that she didn't think would ever learn to write. I have several HWT products but have not blogged about them yet, but will. So much for my plug for HWT. This activity is not a HWT product and does not match the HWT numbers for shapes. 

This activity includes four different hard plastic pieces that will be used to build the numbers. Each of the four pieces are a different color (blue, purple, green,  orange). The yellow bolts are used for counting, not constructing, and are made from a rubbery plastic material. You could also place them on the numbers in the positions that you would use to teach Touch Math, another program that I like. There are not enough pieces to make all the numbers at the same time. The five double-sided cards show numbers from 0 - 9. Each side shows one number. The top of the card shows the pieces you will need to construct the number and the bottom shows the finished number. The yellow bolts can then be used as manipulatives to count out the number. Personally I don't think that there is enough to this activity to make it worth the money, unless you were going to use it in conjunction with Touch Math. JMHO.

Back of the box.

Construction cards.

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