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, April 4, 2015

Booby Trap


Work carefully to lift each piece off by the small stem.


Work on manual dexterity, pincer grasp, thumb opposition, eye-hand coordination, spatial relations, figure ground, thinking skills, tactile perception, social interaction, play and leisure exploration and participation

In the box: Wood Booby Trap game board, 21 large wooden pieces, 21 medium wooden pieces, 21 small wooden pieces
Ages 9+, 2-4 players
Pull back on the spring loaded bar, hold it open while you place all the pieces on the board side by side, slowly lower the bar to meet the pegs. The trap is set. Will you be the one to set it off? Now take turns removing as many pieces as you can without letting the bar move. Once the bar moves, your turn is over and the next person plays. The person with the most pieces at the end of the game, wins. Game ends when all the pieces have been removed and the bar snaps shut, or when someone removes a strategic piece and the trap is sprung, throwing pieces in every direction. Each piece has a stem coming up from the middle that is just right for a pincer grasp. Was this game designed by an OT? LOL This game comes in wood and plastic versions. I did not like the plastic version at all. The board seemed too flimsy and the pieces seemed too light and they slid against each other. Pulling out one often brought out others unintentionally. JMHO

Try this:
  • Assign points to the pieces - 3 to a large piece, 2 to a medium piece, 1 to a small piece. Add points instead of counting pieces to determine winner.
  • Play alone, taking the pieces off one at a time until the trap is sprung. Play again and try to beat your score.
  • Hold several pieces in the hand when setting up the board, bringing them one at a time to the fingertips and rotating for placement without dropping any.
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