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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, April 10, 2015

Don't Let the Bugs Fall


In the box: stacking pieces, die

I used to have this game but did not use it. The pieces are very lightweight and slick. They don't have enough weight to hold them in place (like their wooden counterparts), and while you are removing one piece, you often can not stop nearby pieces from moving and making the tower unstable prematurely. If I remember correctly, the die is larger than a standard die. Just didn't like it.

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