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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Wednesday, July 1, 2015


Work on figure ground, manual dexterity, visual discrimination,
In the box: 40 3D Picture cards, 10 rhyming riddle cards, 4 pair 3D glasses (card stock)
Ages 5+, 1+ player
The classical figure ground game has stepped up to a new dimension. Put on the 3D glasses to bring I SPY to life! To play, lay the 40 picture cards in a grid, as shown above. Choose a riddle card, put on your 3D glasses, and scan for the four objects from the riddle to complete your set.
An example of a riddle card is:
An ear of corn
A shiny green nail
2 clips and a pin
A tiny red pail.
Objects do jump off of the card while wearing the glasses. There are a lot of  small words (simple sentences) across the card, some jump forward, some stay in the background. However, no reading is required for the game. Maybe it is just my eyes, but I cannot read them with the glasses on, and don't really see the value of them being on there. Just my opinion. I have to admit I have not used this game much. The glasses make my eyes feel fuzzy.
Try this:
  • Play without the glasses.
  • Use fewer cards. Start with four cards and a riddle card, ask the person to find the four items. Then move to two riddle cards and eight picture cards. Ask the individual to find the two sets.
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