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

Treasure Quest

Work on visual discrimination, spatial relations, figure ground, manual dexterity, analytical and critical thinking, play and leisure exploration and participation

In the box: Game grid, 40 challenge cards, treasure hunter, 4 gold masks, 8 arrow pieces, 8 stationary blocking pieces, game bag
Ages 8+, 1 player

Help the treasure hunter escape with the gold as you play this challenging treasure quest brainteaser. There are 40 challenge cards which graduate in difficulty from beginner to intermediate to advanced to expert. Each card shows how to set up the grid for a new game.
LEFT - Challenge.      RIGHT - Solution
There are four kinds of tokens that may be used in the set-up including stationary blockers, arrow, gold mask, and hero.  To play:
  1. Choose a challenge card and set up the grid. Slide the opening gate to the correct position.
  2. Moving around the board, hero pushes movable obstacle token aside to clear a path to push the gold mask(s) off the grid. 
  3. Push the gold mask(s) through the opening gate to win.
Sounds simplistic, but the more obstacles there are the more you will need to think about strategy, and the more moves it will take, to win.
Try this:
  • Make a game out of just setting up the grids, following the pattern cards, if the puzzles will be too difficult to complete.
  • Show the first couple of moves to help the player get started.
  • Work backwards. Do all but the last move, then do all but the last two moves, then do all but the last three moves, etc.
  • Complete a challenge as the individual looks on. Talk out loud as you problem solve to help the person learn. Then ask him to complete the same challenge.
If you are interested in purchasing this game or just want more information, click on the image below.

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