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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Sunday, April 19, 2015

Junior Princess Puzzleball

A two-handed jigsaw puzzle.


Work on visual closure, manual and finger dexterity, visual discrimination, finger strength, bilateral integration

In the box 96 puzzle pieces, 4 plastic puzzle guide pieces, plastic stand
Ages 6+
If you want to increase the challenge of an old standby, try a puzzleball. Each piece is numbered on the back. Start with piece #1 and work your way up to # 96 to complete a Pretty Princess Puzzleball. Pieces are curved, plastic, and take a good pinch to snap together. It does not come with the form that the 24 piece puzzleball has, that allows you to build over it. Therefore, it will take some coordination to hold the ball while snapping pieces onto it. After the ball starts to come together you can rest it on the base as you work and that will help. Kids enjoy seeing a puzzle come together as a ball. Assemble it in the order given (follow the numbers) or it will be much harder.
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