Ever wonder why your kids are bouncing off the walls and their behaviors are up and down? Their sensory systems are craving some engagement! The sensory system helps us maintain regulated and attentive behaviors. Provide short breaks when components of e-learning are complete. Check out some activity ideas below!
- Jumping on a trampoline or with a jump rope
- Bouncing on a therapy ball
- Balancing on uneven surfaces or balance beams
- Swinging on a hammock, porch swing, or playground swing
- Biking or scootering
- Rolling down hills, summersaults, cartwheels
- Hanging upside down
- Playing tag with quick changes in direction
- Animal Walks (crab walk, frog leaps, gorilla walk, bear crawl, bunny hops)
- Helping with yard work
- Obstacle course (can be done inside or outside)
- Push up/sit up competitions
- Blowing bubbles or straws (heavy work through oral motor skills)
- Washing the car
Incorporate a few of these activities within your schedule to boost your child’s processing skills and increase attention before starting schoolwork, and/or as breaks after components of e-learning are complete to work off pent up energy to allow them to manage their own sensory needs to calm down and to work on attention for the next stage of the day.