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, August 5, 2015

Dot-2-Dot Lacing

Work on visual discrimination, figure ground, spatial relations, eye-hand coordination, sequencing, manual dexterity, pincer grasp, finger strength, in-hand manipulation, fine motor precision, palmar arch support/strength, separation of two side of hand, intrinsic muscle development, tool use, using both hands in a coordinated manner, motor planning, sustained attention, play exploration and participation
In the box: 6 large lacing cards, 6 colored laces
Ages 3-7
A little different from your general lacing cards, you might even get boys interested in these! This activity also comes in many other themes including enchanted kingdom, alphabet, farm animals, pets, shapes, and bugs. Each card in the box includes a dot-to-dot puzzle to follow for lacing. There are six cards, each picturing a different construction vehicle. Numbers on cards range from 1-20 to 1-26. Cards are sturdy cardboard with a glossy finish. Six plastic-tipped laces are also included. Stitching will be straight stitch, as the laces are not long enough for a whip stitch. Also some of the holes are not on the edge of the card, making a whip stitch more difficult.
Try this:
  • Ask the individual to lace without turning over the card, instead feeling for the hole or the lace tip on the backside.
  • Take the opportunity to practice tying knots in the end of the string.
  • Lace backwards and practice counting backwards.
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