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 24, 2015

JENGA Tetris

Work on manual and finger dexterity, spatial relations, problem solving

In the box: 47 colorful, plastic blocks
Ages 8+, 2+ players

Tetris shaped blocks make up this unique Jenga game. Just stacking the tower can be a challenge with the six different shaped blocks! Once the tower is built, using only one hand, pull out one piece and stack it on the top of the tower without knocking it over. Be careful, pulling out one odd shaped block may bring out another along with it and challenge the stability of the tower. Pieces of one color are not all the same shape.

If you are interested in purchasing this game or just want more information, click on the image below.

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