Today's tip is a fun, indoor movement activity for your child(ren). If you have more than one child, allow them to take each other for rides by looping a scarf through the handle of a laundry basket. The child pulling the basket is strengthening the muscles in his/her hands and arms by firmly gripping the scarf and pulling. The child riding in the basket is experiencing a great sensory activity as his/her body moves through space. Perhaps the riding child would enjoy laying down. When the child's head changes positions from sitting to laying down, he/she has a
totally different sensory experience. If you have one child engaging in the activity, allow them to take a turn in each role. Take them for a ride around the house. Next, allow them to pull the basket. Maybe they take the family dog for a ride, or throw in some toys/shoes/towels, whatever is lying around, to add weight to the basket. I am going to switch the Friday focus from fine motor to sensory processing and sensory-related activities for a while. Stay tuned...
~Sarah Eller, occupational therapist
Daily tips, activities, and suggestions on how to naturally embed speech, language, play, fine motor, gross motor, and cognitive skills into your child's day, often using the materials already found in your home environment.
Marena Mitchell is a speech-language pathologist