Wednesday, October 19, 2011

3 Games on the Market

There are some games that are used in therapy that aren't listed as 'sensory' games. Some of these you can make up your own version without paying the price if you can't find them in the thrift stores. I'll just name a few and how you can possibly make it work for you.

What's in Ned's Head - This game is basically using a bag to pull out different things from this bag with several holes. The objects in Ned's head are of various textures and sizes. You can make this game yourself using a box with holes cut out of it where only the hand can fit into it.

Twister - This game is one that most people know which has a plastic vinyl sheet that you lay out on the floor and you put your right or left hand or foot on the color that is spun. This game can be recreated by using circles. Some ideas for circles that will work on different surfaces might be:
  • felt -carpet
  • paint - outside in the grass depending on where you live or the dirt
  • paper - preferably taped to prevent slipping
  • chalk - outside on cement
  • tape - hard surfaces are best
  • sheet - this one you'll have to paint, sew, or color on various colors of circles
Please keep in mind if you're child is young then you'll have to make the circles closer together than if a child is older. The point is not to frustrate your child but to allow them to move in various ways.

Memory Match -  There are so many versions of this game and you can bring this to the very needs your child has at little to no cost. Here are some ideas on which to make memory cards
  • old deck of cards
  • paint sample cards at hardware stores
  • index cards
  • cut out felt squares
  • regular paper
  • Cardboard
  • Cereal boxes
  • Plastic lids
Now the things you can use to make pictures could be some of these items
  • velcro (squares and circles are sold as well as bigger prints that are adhesive on one side)
  • felt squares
  • stickers (raised, smelly, visual movement ones, sparkle or glitter, fuzzy)
  • yarn
  • photos
  • drawings of the child's photocopied and shrunk
  • newspaper grocery ads of items

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