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, August 30, 2015

Dress up Dolls - Dream Dresses

Work on visual discrimination, spatial relations, visual closure, manual dexterity, fine motor precision, separation of the hand, play and leisure exploration and participation, body awareness, figure ground, creative thinking  

In the book: 6 punch out paper dolls, over 300 stickers

A paper doll blast from the past... sort of. We played with paper dolls when I was a kid, but we cut out each clothing item, complete with multiple tiny tabs. Then oh-so-carefully we bent the tabs and hung the clothing on the doll. There wasn't much to do with them once they were dressed, as the slightest bump or wisp of wind would send the clothing sailing, but we liked them nonetheless. Stickers were not available like they are today when I was a kid either. So maybe this is more of a blast forward - a paper doll with sticker clothing. LOL The dolls are made of a little heavier card stock and the front of the dolls are laminated. The stickers stick well, but they are removable if you are careful taking them off. You can stick them back in the book to reuse later. There are over 40 dresses that have a front and back. Slip the doll head through the opening in the top and fold the dress in half against the doll. I have not used any of these because I figure once that sticker hits the non-laminated paper back of the doll, and the two sticky parts of the sticker come into contact, they will be no taking it off. I may be wrong, but that is how it seems to me. The clothing is very detailed and colorful. There is a diverse, cross-cultural and historical variety of clothing stickers in the book. Besides clothing, there are also stickers for purses, fans, wigs, jewelry, gloves, masks, bows, crowns, flowers, and wands. There are 22 pages with the front-back dresses (two to a page), and 12 pages for the remainder of the clothing and item stickers. This may be a fun activity for a young lady working on fine motor control.

Try this:
  • Take the white sticker background off each page of stickers. Then when you return stickers to the book you can place them anywhere, instead of trying to put them exactly into the spot they came out of. Hard to do.
  • Take all the pages out of the book if the stickers are too difficult to remove while bound in a book. Store the loose sheets and dolls in a folder.
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