Now that the weather is colder, it will be difficult to make it out to the playground and outdoors. This can have a negative effect on all of us, especially those that need additional sensory input in their day. Below are some ideas of things you can do indoors to help provide sensory input for children:
-create an indoor obstacle course -jump on a mattress on the floor -go on a scavenger hunt in the house -animal walks – bear crawl, crab walk, frog jump -wheelbarrow walk -yoga poses -build a fort with heavy cushions, blankets and pillows (then put it all away) -help with chores (wiping the table, vacuuming, putting groceries away) -cooking preparation activities (such as stirring or mixing dough with your hands) -roll your child up in a blanket (not covering the head) into a human burrito -play flashlight games in the dark
Be creative and have fun through these colder months!
During snow days, children can have fun in the snow while working on fine motor and strength by using squirt guns, or squirt bottles to draw designs in the snow! Add water and food coloring for a great therapy activity in the snow.