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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Friday, March 27, 2015

Monkey Balance Board

In the box: 1 balance board
Work on balance, coordination, body awareness, movement efficiency, sensory processing
The board rocks from side to side but not front to back. I wrote the company and asked what the weight limit is for the board and they never responded, but you can see that the child on the box is fairly young.
Try this:
  • Balance with arms outstretched, balance with arms at side.
  • Balance with eyes open, balance with eyes closed.
  • Play games that will require shifting the weight so that the body needs to adjust to maintain stability (toss beanbags at targets, play catch, play ring toss).
  • Hand the child items (beanbags, rings, circles, small balls) so that he has to reach out in different directions and still maintain balance. 
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