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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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Q-Bitz - A Visual Perceptual Trio

This is a visual perceptual trio that is a good investment, IMHO. I have used these games for years and I keep using them for many reasons:
  • You can work on developing numerous visual perceptual skills as well as hand skills and executive functioning.
  • You can play this with many different ages and cognitive levels. It's starts with a 4-piece Jr. version and advances to a 16-piece extreme version.
  • You really get your moneys worth as there are MANY challenges to work through. The Jr. version has 60 challenges and the regular and extreme versions each have 80 challenges.
  • The challenges within each box increase in difficulty as you advance. Then, the three versions increase in difficulty as you advance.
  • It can be used over and over in therapy, it is not just a one time game.
  • It can be played by multiple ages together.
  • No down time, everyone plays till their puzzle is complete. 
I have already blogged about each version. Click on a link below to go to that version and for ideas on how to use in therapy, including ideas for hand skills. I hope you find it as useful as I do!




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