Temperatures in Kansas City are 20 below, which means children will be indoors today. A friend sent me this picture yesterday and there is so much fun your kids can have doing this – make your own “snow” and have a “snowball” toss. Take a white sheet, place it on the ground, and that’s your “snow” I’d have your child put the sheet down – it’s helpful for organizing, planning, and problem solving). Gather some socks, rolled up tissue paper, or blow up some white balloons, and toss away. This activity is encouraging your child to engage in imaginary play (using objects for something other than their intended purpose). As your child throws their snowball, you can discuss different positional concepts (“Where did the snowball land” – on the couch, under the chair, between the blanket and the couch, etc.), make predictions on where the snowball will land, and compare/contrast the different snowballs. Movement is going to help you and your kids make the most of
this day indoors. ~Marena Mitchell, Speech-Language Pathologist
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