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, October 24, 2015

The Thanksgiving Box of Questons

Work on social interaction, participating in a discussion, sharing.
In the box: 35 cards, 20 paper place setting cards, 20 small decorative stickers
Get the conversations started with these Thanksgiving themed cards. Questions are based on the Thanksgiving themes of family, ancestry, blessings, thankfulness, food, and the first Thanksgivings. Here are some examples:
The place setting cards are nothing special and I am not even sure why they were included. I thought maybe the question cards fit into them somehow, but they do not that I could see.
Try this:
  • Use these questions to start conversations about your own family history.
  • Ask the individual to put himself in the other person's shoes before answering.
  • Read one card at a time and let any who want to contribute add something.
  • Model compassion in your answers. Research is still questioning whether compassion can be taught, but kids often follow the lead of parents or respected adults in their behavior.
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