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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Saturday, August 8, 2015

Table Top Quoits

Work on visual discrimination, spatial relations, eye-hand coordination, manual dexterity, social interaction, play exploration and participation
In the box: 2-piece wooden base, 5 rings, 5 colored dowels
A "retro" packaged tossing game for the table top. I already have several vintage packaged games and, IMHO, there is nothing exceptional about them except the price. However, I have never seen a table top tossing game before, so thought this one was worth a try.  Each wood piece for the base measures approximately 10" X 2", and the removable, colored, wood dowels are 3 1/2" tall. So yes, you really can play it at the table if you want. Each of the rings has a colored bead that matches a colored dowel, and each dowel has a number associated with it so that you can keep score If you want. I put a towel under the base so I don't take any chances on scratching a wood table. Quick and easy to set up, this game turned out to be fun and worth the $4 investment.
Try this:
  • Forget about the points and/or color matching, just see how many of the dowels you can ring.
  • Practice throwing all rings onto one dowel before trying for a variety of distances.
  • Stand while you play.
  • Give each player a chance to throw two or three rings and see who can rack up the most points.
  • Aim for one color, but turn the base as you go so that you are throwing at that color from different perspectives.
  • Skip the colors, call out the dowel you are going to ring by identifying the position - right, left, front, back, and middle.
If you are interested in purchasing this item of just want more information, click on the image below.

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