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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Tools for OTs


Stranger Awareness & Safety Comic PowerPoint

Memory Games - Why are They So Popular?

Games with Tweezers & Tongs

Adapting Off-The-Shelf Games & Toys - Christmas Edition

Adapting Off-The-Shelf Games & Toys - Summer Edition

Adapting Off-The-Shelf Games & Toys - Thanksgiving Edition

Adapting Off-The-Shelf Games & Toys - Fall Edition

Adapting Off-The-Shelf Games & Toys - Winter Edition
Autism Social Skills Profile by Scott Bellini
DIY Game Boards by Bare Books

Body Awareness Fun Deck

Building Skills with Construction Toys

Bully Free Zone In A Jar

Community Safety Comic PowerPoint 

Cyber Dilemmas In A Jar

Erasable Geoboard Pattern Book

Erasable Geoboard Picture Book

 Expo Dry Erase Boards & Expo Markers

Extreme Dot-to-Dot

Figurative Language in a Jar

Games That Require a Writing Tool
Games With Tweezers & Tongs
Home Safety Comic PowerPoint 

Kid's Daily Dilemmas in a Jar

Life Skills Activities for Special Children Grades k-5

Make Belief Comix - Make your own comic strips

Mrs. Riley's Picture Cards

Nationwide Home Safety - Online games for Life Skills

Occupational Therapy.com - Earn online CEUs for $99 a year.  Love the convenience and a great price for unlimited CEUs.
Oriental Trading - Craft Kits, Sticker Scenes, Kids Jewelry Kits

Pop Toob Set

Q-Bitz - A Visual Perceptual Trio Every OT Should Own

Red Lace, Yellow Lace - Has been successful with older kids who had given up learning to tie shoes.

Safetyville - Child Safety Game

Scooter Board Activities Fun Deck

Self-Calming Cards

One Player SmartGames - Why I Love Them, Why You Should Try Them

Sticker Scenes

Teen Talk in a Jar

Therapy Ball Activities Fun Deck

What's in Your Therapy Box? Logic Puzzles Edition
What's in Your Therapy Box? Pattern Blocks Edition
What's in Your Therapy Box? Peg Board Edition
What's So Amazing About Mazes?



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