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Interactive Play

Pinecone Pick Up
Skills worked on: turn taking, fine motor skills, counting skills, following directions
Materials needed: a large teddy bear or stuffed animal for each player (including the therapist), lots of large pinecones, an empty bucket or bin for each player
· Give each player one large stuffed animal or teddy to hold in their hands
· Use the hands of the Teddy bear/stuffed animal to go around and pick up all the pinecones
· Place the pinecones in your bucket
· Winner is the player who has collected the most pinecones

Daisy Game
Skills worked on: turn taking, following simple instructions, generalizations of receptive instructions
Materials required: construction paper
· Make a daisy out of construction paper (cut out circle and petals)
· On the back of each petal write the name of simple actions (if your child can not read use a visual prompt paired with the word)
· Each player takes turns picking one of the flower petals and then proceeds to act out the action
· All remaining players guess what the action is
· The player who guesses the action correctly gets to act next

What's in the Box?
Skills worked on: turn taking, listening, verbal communication, generalization of descriptive adjectives
Materials required: large box or container with a lid, several various objects that can be placed in the box, blindfold (optional)
· Blindfold the child who is guessing (if the child does not like to be blindfolded ask them to cover their eyes and count to 10)
· Therapist places an object in the box and places the lid back on the box
· Therapist says "Its time to guess" while placing the child's hand in the box (make sure the object is still covered)
· Therapist tells the child to describe what they feel in the box (e.g. I feel something that's soft, furry, it has 2 arms 2 legs, etc.)
· Then the child guesses what they think the object is
· Game continues on till all objects have been guessed
Variation: For children who are older or have more cognitive skills reverse the roles and have the child place the objects in the box and get the therapist to guess

Bean Bag Toss
Prerequisite skills: expressive knowledge of categories
Skills worked on: turn taking, gross motor skills, generalizations of categories, verbal communication
Materials required: bean bag or small ball
· Players sit in a circle
· Therapist begins by holding the bean bag in their hand
· Therapist calls out an object from a specific category such as flowers, fruit etc.
· Therapist tosses the beanbag to another child (who is then supposes to catch the beanbag and call out a different object from the same category)
· E.g. Therapist says "apple", tosses bean bag to child, child then says "orange"

Great Memory Game
The objective of the game is to repeat everything the other person said and add something else. For example, start by saying: "I am going to the farm to see a cow". You child need to repeat what you said and add another animal: "I am going to the farm to see a cow and a sheep". Continue the game until you have too many animals to remember. You can use hundreds of variations for this game. Here are some examples:
I am going to the zoo to see… (animals)
Mom is making a salad and in the salad she is going to put… (vegetables)
Grandma is coming to visit us and in her suitcase she will bring… (clothing)
We are going on vacation and we'll visit… (countries or towns)
I am going shopping to by … (food)
This is my favorite game to play with school age children. You can use visual aid such as pictures to introduce the game. Just have a picture of each item you are using in your scenario, put all pictures in the pile and start by picking up one at a time and putting them in line to help your child to remember. Use your imagination and have fun.

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