Make sure to enjoy the holiday season with some fun activities that get kids off their screens, moving, and into the holiday spirit. These activities are easy and fun without costing a fortune.
Get creative for kids who have sensory and motor difficulties or trouble completing multi step sequences. For example, using a gift or ornament to collect along the way is an easy way to help a child stay engaged while completing the sequence because it gives them a goal to focus on even when the motor demands may be challenging. Add a pillow pile to jump into a “pile of snow” for extra sensory input. Ride in “Santa’s sleigh” using a scooter or bike. Use some Amazon delivery boxes to make some chimneys to deliver gifts (aka stuffed animals, balls, and beanbags).
Finding objects in the environment that you can use to represent something else is an important way to build ideation in play rather than just setting up a sequence and having your child execute it. Activating exercises and activities are designed to help kids get connected to their bodies, teacher their vision to guide what their bodies are doing and build important foundations for executive function skills by supporting planning and sequencing of activities.
If you make an obstacle course at home, please make a video, take a picture, share on social media and tag #sensationalachievements. Let’s get everyone moving this holiday season!