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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Monday, November 23, 2015

Travel Bingo

Work on FUN, visual form constancy, visual closure, figure ground, fine motor control, social interaction, play and leisure exploration and participation
In the box: 4 colored pads of paper bingo cards (blue, green, red, orange), 4 pencils
Ages 4+
Winner of the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Best Toy Award, Travel Bingo is fun for everyone. Each bingo card has one free space and 24 images of objects you may see on a drive, such as a traffic signal, bird on a wire, fence, and flag. Each individual is given one bingo card pad and one pencil. As you see the different items, cross them off on your card. The first with five in a row (or whatever pattern you choose), yells BINGO. If the bingos are coming too fast at only five in a row, go for a complete blackout (all boxes must be marked). Fun without prizes, but you could also bring small seasonal treats to hand out. The box slides into the cover so the cover can't fall off, and the box can easily fit into most glove compartments.

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