Guest Post: Push button toy for fine motor and visual discrimination

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We have another quick guest post by Barbara Bailey.

I found these adorable little guys on clearance at four for $1.00 at the dollar store.  I have actually bought them for the past several years and have found them at Walmart as well.  I realize it is a bit late to still find them but the good news is that they make them as bunnies for Easter and those should be out soon.  In either case, they come attached to a tube of gum balls.

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When you push the button the face changes.  I use them to play a game to work on fine motor skills and visual discrimination.  You can make up or change how the game is played depending on the skill level of the children or on how many are playing.  I have the kids write a word on a piece of paper (snow for a short game, snowman for a longer game).  When I say the “secret” word, they push the buttons.  They then compare the faces and have to decide if they match or not.  If they match, they get to cross out a letter.  Game ends when the word is crossed out.  The kids love these little guys and just can’t seem to put them down!

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Tonya is a pediatric Occupational Therapist, and loves creating things to work on skills and solve problems.