Take advantage of the hot summer weather and enjoy these fun activities with your child:
- Swimming: Other than being a fantastic cardiovascular activity, swimming is terrific for general strengthening, as the water provides gentle resistance in all directions. Also, the water provides sensory input, both deep pressure and tactile input.
- Ride bikes, tricycles, scooters, etc.: Not only is this a fun cardiovascular activity, but children improve their balance and steering skills. The movement will also provide lots of vestibular input.
- Games like horseshoes, ring toss, tee ball, and badminton help your child develop hand-eye coordination.
- Playing limbo helps build flexibility and improve balance.
- Jumping rope: Not only will your child get a cardiovascular workout, but jumping rope helps with jumping and timing skills.
- Water Play: This is always a hit with the kiddos! Have a bucket brigade to encourage heavy work. Hold a water balloon toss to work on hand-eye coordination. Have your children help you wash your car/bike/dog to get a work out, receive some sensory input, and to help out with chores.
- Bubbles: I use bubbles all the time in my treatment sessions. Blow bubbles and have younger children bat at them while older children stomp or jump on them. Catch a bubble on the wand and hold it just out of reach to encourage your child to rise up onto his/her toes.
Most of all, have a great time spending quality time with your child!