Here’s a photo of a real-life Rush Hour traffic jam sent to me by Laura Efinger, a pediatric occupational therapist (and big Rush Hour fan!) in Cairo, Egypt. Laura writes, “I have attached a picture of some Cairo traffic, which may explain why we love Rush Hour in Egypt! :) Some is parking and some traffic, but it probably is the worst in the world, and no one follows the lines in the road and rules!”
All that’s missing is the Red Car!
For several years, Laura has used many ThinkFun games, including Rush Hour (which she reports is the hands-down favorite!) in her occupational therapy sessions with children in Cairo, Egypt. Laura writes, “I love them [ThinkFun games] as they develop the children’s visual motor/perceptual skills, fine motor, memory and planning skills.”
At a 2008 Occupational Therapy Conference, Laura presented a therapy-based workshop called “Recipes for Fun” in which participants were shown ways to use games like Rush Hour as tools to help children develop academic and sensory motor skills. Looks like fun was had by all!
Laura is preparing for this year’s Conference which will take place at the end of the month. Here she plans to host a workshop focusing on the benefits of using card games to help children with skills such as attention, sequencing, memory, fine motor, etc. Stay tuned for an update!
For more on Laura and her work, please visit her Occupational Therapy in Egypt blog!