Progressive Games for Ages Three to Seven

Play is increasingly recognized by neuroscientists and educators as a vital component in brain development, academic success and learning social skills. In this inspiring and useful resource, teacher and occupational therapist Barbara Sher provides step-by-step directions for how to use children’s natural interests at different stages of their development to help them develop a wealth of sensory motor and social skills. All the games included in the book have also been designed to provide plenty of joyful opportunities for encouraging inclusion.

In the excerpt below, you’ll find 4 progressive games for children aged 3-7. In these games, you can use common materials such as plastic water bottles and beanbags to engage kids’ sense of community and social, sensory, and cognitive skills.

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Progressive Games for Ages 3 to 7 by Jossey-Bass Education

The Whole Spectrum of Social, Motor, and Sensory Games: Using Every Child’s Natural Love of Play to Enhance Key Skills and Promote Inclusion (2013) — 9781118345719





Barbara Sher, M.A., O.T.R., has over 40 years of experience as a teacher and occupational therapist, specializing in pediatrics. She conducts workshops for parents, teachers, therapists, and children around the world and is the author of seven books, including Early Intervention Games: Fun, Joyful Ways to Develop Social and Motor Skills in Children with Autism Spectrum or Sensory Processing Disorders and Self-esteem Games: 300 Fun Activities That Make Children Feel Good about Themselves.

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