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Occupational Therapy Summer Activities

 IN THE GREAT OUTDOORS

 

1 || Get in the Garden

Digging, or playing in sand is great for promoting fine motor skills (digging, burying seeds and plants, grasping garden tools) and sensory processing skills (get those hands dirty, feeling textures!).

If your little one is at risk of eating sand, play it safe with Cheerio Sand!

 

2 || Play on the Playground

Hit every skill from balance to strength to coordination and more- stimulate the senses through movement and help your little one to regulate themselves by using swings, slides, seesaws and other equipment.

 

3 || Grab a Prop

When in doubt, grab a prop that will inspire movement, engagement, and creativity! Some of our favourites: hula hoops, balls, bubbles all work great in the garden!

 

4 || Obstacle Course 

Create a simple obstacle course for your child in the garden; Sequencing and Memory, Sensory Input, Strength and Balance, Motor Planning, Coordination all are some of the benefits of moving our bodies through an obstacle course! Throw a ball at a target, crawl through a tunnel, hula a hula-hoop, jump jump jump, walk on your hands, roll along the grass - mix up the order the possibilites are endless!

 

Obstacle Courses for Kids!

 

 

5 || Tag, You’re It!

Running will build muscle strength and exercise tolerance

Stopping and Starting will maintain posture, and help develop motor planning skills, impulse control and task completion.

Tagging others will help interaction skills, eye-hand coordination skills and will build processing skills.

Spatial awareness will help body concepts which are able to be carried over to other functional tasks like handwriting on a page, moving while carrying plates or heavy items.

 

Making TAG More Exciting!

 

6 || Get Wet!

A stream, a beach, or even just a puddle in the garden – water can inspire all kinds of therapeutic play. Throw on a pair of rain boots and go puddle jumping for some great proprioceptive input – or if it's hot enough, get on a pair of trunks and splash about! 

 

Encourage fine motor skills though water play!

 

 

7 || Hike or nature walk

You can work pretty much every aspect of motor and sensory development on a simple hike in the woods. Bring a list of things / animals that your child can help you find, or simply let them enjoy moving through the trail.

 

8 || Take a ride

Get outside and work on learning how to ride a bike, or taking a spin on a scooter. See the advice leaflet on the previous page - 'Riding a Bike'!

 

9 || Take Indoor Toys Outside!

Breathe new life into toys by taking them outside! Toy cars, dinosaurs, and trains even Legos, blocks, and art/craft activities can all be done outdoors. Help the children to use their imagination to use materials in more unique and creative ways simply by taking them outside!

 

10 || Climb, climb climb!

Work on strength, grasping, endurance, coordination, and more by climbing in the park, on garden play houses, in soft play areas, or in indoor climbing walls.

 

 

 

THE GAMES ARE FUN AND THE BENEFITS ARE ENDLESS,

SO GET OUTSIDE, SOAK UP THE SUN, AND HAVE A WONDERFUL SUMMER!

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