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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Thursday, August 20, 2015

Kidsbook Giant Scavenger Hunt

Work on figure ground, visual discrimination, manual dexterity
In the book: 35 pages, each with one picture
If you like the novelty of a BIG book, this is for you. The book, and therefore each page, measures 18.25" X 14.25".  Each page/picture is full color and has 20 items listed at the bottom to search and find. You can check each item off in the white box in front of the word as you find it, or just search for the items in order if you don't want to mark up the book. Pages could easily be removed. Here is the last puzzle in the book:
Some of the other page topics include
  • Crazy Castle
  • Welcome to Outer Space
  • Makeup Galore
  • Fourth of July
  • Wonderful Christmas
  • Picnic in the Park
There are a lot of other figure ground books and pictures out there, but I got this one for $2.00 second-hand, complete with all the pictures. From what I read on Amazon, it comes with a magnifying glass. I didn't get that, but can pick one up at most any dollar store. Or do without. It is not necessary, just a novelty. 
Try this:
  • Play hot-cold if there are too many things to look at. Let the individual point to different sections of the page and you tell him if he is hot (close) or cold (far away) from the item you are looking for. This will help narrow down the area.
  • Draw an imaginary line down the middle of each picture and tell the individual which side of the page it is on.
  • Divide the pictures up into imaginary quarters. First look at top left, then bottom left, etc. This may help if the individual is overwhelmed with the business of the page.
If you are interested in purchasing this item or just want more information, click on the image below.

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