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, August 8, 2018

Felt Food Sandwich Play Set

Practice sequencing while making a triple-decker sandwich.

Work on visual discrimination, eye-hand coordination, figure ground, visual form constancy, spatial relations, manual dexterity, auditory memory, sequencing, motor planning, executive functioning skills, life skills, process skills, play and leisure exploration and participation

In the box: 33 pieces for making sandwiches

Make open-faced, triple-decker, pita and hoagie sandwiches with this versatile play set. The pieces are all made from felt and include bread products as well as a selection of stack-able inside pieces. The bread includes two slices of wheat bread, two slices of white bread, two hoagie bun halves and a pita pocket.  All bread pieces, except the pita pocket, have some type of stuffing that makes them thicker. The other pieces are cut from a single piece of felt. The pieces include lunch meats, cheeses, lettuce, jelly splotch, peanut butter splotch, bacon, fried egg, pickles, tomatoes, onions, ketchup splotch, mustard splotch, mayo and a cookie. There are either one or two pieces of each. The pieces that are printed are printed on both sides. 

This is a play set that includes sandwich ingredients only, there are no pattern cards like in Sandwich Stacking. I've found that some kids don't like the feeling of felt.

Try this:
  • Use as a precursor when you are teaching someone to make a real sandwich.
  • Make a visual guide and ask the individual to follow the pattern to make their sandwich. You could either make sandwiches and take pictures with your camera (making sure that each ingredient shows clearly), or you could use the generic pictures that are used for visual schedules and line up the ingredients.
  • Lay the pieces on the table in a random order. Overlap some of the pieces so that only parts of them show. Have the individual build a sandwich, looking for one piece at a time as you call out the name.
  • Build a sandwich by stacking the pieces by color. Call out a color, such as green, and let the individual decide if they want pickles or lettuce.
  • Pretend to be a sandwich shop. Place your order verbally and ask the individual to remember the items in order and then make the sandwich. Repeat your order two or three times, listing each ingredient, so that the verbal repeating may help the individual remember the order. Start with only a few ingredients and increase the number as the individual can remember more.
  •  Pretend play different roles (work on motor planning) by being the customer, the server and the sandwich maker.
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