Flip to Win Hangman
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5d ago
Wooden word guessing game. Hangman, a word guessing game that has been played forever in 2D with paper and pencil, is now available in 3D. As I mentioned, this game has been around for a long time, and the name "Hangman" was just accepted back then. Like Old Maid, people still make games without considering the name, even though it may be offensive to some. Teachers Pay Teachers recently said that we cannot make resources based on the game Battle Ship, because battle is traumatizing. If you want to make up another name for it, cover up the word "hangman" at the top and make up your ow ..read more
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Beagle or Bagel?
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1w ago
  Beagle or Bagel? The game of optical illusions. Look at the box front closely and you will see that some of the pics are dogs (beagles), and some of them are food (bagels). There are three ways to play Beagles or Bagels and visual perceptual skills will be practiced. All three games are based on speed, so this game is not for everybody. Everyone playing must be able to count to 7. Included in the box are 80 cards that measure 2.5" square. Each card is printed on both sides. One side will be a beagle or bagel, and on all but 10 cards the back also pictures a beagle or bagel. The ..read more
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Race to the Treasure
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1M ago
  A cooperative game by Peaceable Kingdom Peaceable Kingdom is known for their cooperative games where players must work together to beat a common foe. In cooperative games, players either all win together or all lose together. In Race to the Treasure, players will work together to defeat the ogre pictured on the box lid. I have previously blogged about several of their games and I will add them later in this post.  In Race to the Treasure, players will beat the ogre to the treasure by creating a path, on the game board, from START to END. Along the way players must collect ..read more
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Greedy Granny
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1M ago
  Greedy Granny - Watch out, she's a light sleeper. Try to swipe the snacks off of Granny's tray without waking her up and getting caught. If she wakes up and catches you, she will lunge forward and everything, including her teeth, will go flying. Now that I'm retirement age, I'm wondering if I should be a little offended by this game. Nah, it's all in fun. Granny, her chair, and tray are two pieces of hard plastic that easily snap together to make a single unit. There is a purple button on the small table next to her chair (see image above). This button will take minimal strengt ..read more
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Monkey Blocks
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2M ago
Monkey Blocks - Includes 30 challenges, weighted blocks and funky monkeys. When was the last time you had a barrel of fun? If it's been awhile, today is your lucky day. Monkey Blocks provides 30 challenges to create gravity defying structures topped with silly monkeys. What's the secret? Weighted blocks. Build the 3D structures from the 2D models in the book using three different types of blocks. They all look the same except for the color, but they are different inside. The yellow blocks are weighted on one end and the green blocks are weighted in the middle. The blue blocks a ..read more
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Snowballs
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2M ago
Indoor Snowballs Want to have a snowball fight but don't like the cold or don't have snow? There's now a solution! Who knew there was such a thing as indoor snowballs!? These snowballs are plush but don't shed, lightweight but not flimsy. I have used these in the house and also have taken them outside on many a dry day and used them to have an old-fashioned snowball fight in the backyard. Make up and practice different throws: sneak attack, lob shot, underhand, overhand, rapid fire. A fun way to get kids moving. Try this: Play cold snowball ..read more
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Expo Dry Erase Board & Expo Markers
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3M ago
Expo Dry Erase Boards and Markers - Not all are created equal    Not exactly something you might expect to find on a blog about games and toys, but I have included them because dry erase boards and markers are occasionally included in games, I have strong opinions about dry erase boards and markers, and I use them frequently in therapy. Believe me when I say not all dry erase boards and markers are created equal. I have tried many different ones and I keep coming back to this specific board by Expo and Expo markers. The main problem I have had with other brands is ..read more
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Cobra Paws
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4M ago
  Cobra Paw - Ninja like know how steals the game. As I looked at the box and the pieces for Cobra Paw, I thought it might be a strategy game. But nope it's a one-note, matching game.  There are 2 large dice and 21 pieces that resemble dominoes, called stones, with symbols on one side and solid black on the other side. There are 6 symbols total, and each die has one of each symbol per side. The dice are bigger than standard dice, measuring 1" square. Each stone has two symbols on it (see image below). Object: Be the first person to claim six stones. Set up: Place all the s ..read more
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Paper Weaving
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4M ago
  Paper Weaving Animals   As an OT, I have only used weaving activities a couple of times, and I was always careful who I gave one to because of the coordination of skills that it takes to complete. Paper weaving is a two-handed activity that is going to take some real coordination to complete. You will also have to grasp the spatial concept of passing the long piece over and under, over and under, over and over again. Concentration will be a must. The activity can become tedious before you are even close to the end. If you are focusing on only one particular skill, there ma ..read more
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Can't Catch Harry
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4M ago
      Can't Catch Harry is an "odd is out" card game. Not knowing exactly what that meant, but looking at the contents of the box, I was ready to play.   By the end of the year I will have completed my transition from in person therapy to creating online digital and print resources only. I am only seeing one person, in person, at this time. A few weeks ago, I suggested to my husband that since I am not seeing people in person like I used to, he would have to play new games with me so I could blog about them. Not being a game player at all, I expected a polite "no thanks". T ..read more
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