LET'S MOVE: Sensory Motor Activities
Whew! What a year 2020 has been! I am right there with you in this season of trying new things during quarantine and e-learning. And just like you, I feel a mixture of vulnerability, uncertainty and determination to keep trying... even when things don't turn out as I had hoped.
With that in mind, I’ve put together a series of videos with sensory motor activities that children can do at home, regardless if they have OT services or not. Research has shown the impact that movement and physical activity has on cognitive development, physical health and the mental well-being of children. I also know what a challenge this can be when children are learning from home.
These 1-minute videos provide inspiration for you and your children to get creative and have fun moving. These activities may help on days when your child is restless and moody, and also inspire creative play opportunities at home.
There are several ways you can use these videos:
1) Incorporate as a brain break with e-learning assignments: Most of the activities involve heavy work that helps get children’s minds and bodies ready to learn. So take a break! These quick movement activities are a great way to reset the brain and body.
2) Encourage your child to make their own video: Most children love creating videos where they are the star! Have your child record a short video of them completing the activity. If you want, share it with me. I would love to see it!
3) Create a challenge: There are 31 videos, one for each day of the month. Create a challenge for your child to complete one activity every day (even weekends). You can decide how they mark their progress and the incentive/reward that works best for your family.
As I said before, this is a new experience for me. I am open to your feedback for ideas, tips, what worked and didn’t work, etc. I am also working on additional videos. Please let me know if there is an area of fine motor, visual motor, sensory, executive functioning or handwriting skills that you would like for me to address.
I hope these videos help bring joy and movement into the life of your child!
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31 DAYS OF MOVING