Everyday Simple Idea #32: Travel Games

travel gamesWe are coming up on a the gift giving season, which leads me to the next few posts in my series of the simple, daily things I do at home as a Mom that come from my occupational therapy background.

Everyday, Simple Idea #32: Travel Games

I am always checking the dollar bins, game aisles, and garage sales for simple, small travel games.  At holiday times, you can usually find a good selection at stores such as Target, Kohls, or Walmart.  Games like tic-tac-toe, fishing, Connect 4, bowling sets, Battleship, checkers, trouble, or many other classic games (even just a deck of cards).  They are usually inexpensive and easy to find in any toy ideal (and make great stocking stuffers!)

Why?

There are 2 reasons I collect travel games (both for my own children and to use in my OT practice):

  1. The small pieces are great for development of hand skills.  It encourages the ability to grasp using the thumb, index, and middle fingers, which leads to strong handwriting skills (and practical skills like buttoning and doing zippers).
  2. They are portable and great to use to interact with your children while out and about, such as waiting in a restaurant, waiting at therapy appointments, or waiting for a sibling at a sport.  It is a great replacement for electronic devices we often use, but games encourage the development of social skills, cognitive skill, and problem-solving skills.

Look for more guidance on buying toys or gifts for children- read more here with my OT’s gift buying guide and 10 cheap and easy OT approved gifts.

Paige Hays is an occupational therapist who provides in-home, pediatric occupational therapy services in the south metro area of the Twin Cities, MN. She is a mother of 2 girls, avid DIYer, and a highly skilled and experienced OT. She specializes in working in pediatrics, with diverse expertise ranging from cognition and sensory issues to working with children with neuromuscular disabilities or complex medical needs.  www.paigehays.net