Board games are often used in Occupational Therapy to work on fine motor skills, direction following, sequencing, taking turns, visual ground/discrimination/figure ground and decision making. Here is a list of tried and true board games your youngster will love.
Operation Skill GamePlayers use their skill and coordination to remove the patient's "ailments" with the tweezers. Ages 6+
Chutes and LaddersTeaches strategy skills to your children, teamwork, color recognition and it is fun to play. It is a great way to bond with the entire family members playing this game.
Connect 4Builds skills such as problem solving and basic math. Encourages players to plan ahead – looking out for opportunities to connect 4 discs. Provides opportunity to detect patterns. Instigates prediction of the outcome of alternative moves – for your own play as well as your opponent's.
HiHoCherry-OFun game for cooperative learning and math skills. Kids ages 3 and up can have a blast picking pretend fruit from the trees on the game board, and filling their buckets. The spinner lets them know the number of pieces to pick -- or put back
SIMPLE GAMEPLAY FOR PRESCHOOLERS: Players take turns picking pretend cherries, blueberries, apples, and oranges from their trees to fill their basket. The first to fill their basket wins.
Raccoon Rumpus GameMy absolute favorite for all kids ages 3+. Roll the jumbo color die and costume die, and search the cards for a match. Find it and put it on your critter card!
Roll the underwear (kid-funny every time!) and lose your costumes; roll the rainbow and choose any one you want!
The perfect first game, helps preschoolers develop memory, color-matching, fine motor skills, and social skills like turn-taking.