"Play with a Purpose"
Bean Bag Games: Developing Eye Tracking
- Bean bag toss 2 hands 1 bag:
Hold the bag in 2 hands. Focus the eyes on the bag and nose should be pointed
at it. Toss the bag straight up – just above head height. Track the flight of the bag
up and down with the eyes. Catch the bean bag with both hands. Repeat a few
times. Practice until this can be done without dropping the bean bag.
- Bean bag toss 2 bags 2 hands:
Hold a bean bag in each hand. Follow the same procedure as above; however,
catch a bean bag with each hand.
- Figure 8's:Place a sticker on your thumb nail. Hold the hand out directly in front of you (straight arm). Focus on the sticker. Move the arm in a figure 8 motion (crossing from one side of the body to the other). Follow the sticker with the eyes during the motion.
- Balloon Games:There are a variety of games that can be played using balloons. One idea is to use a cardboard tube as a bat and try and bat the balloon up into the air as many times as possible. For more advanced options, the child can have a designated area (such as within a hoop), that they need to try and keep the balloon in.
- Swingball and other ball activities (rolling, catching, kicking, throwing)
Holding a Pencil Correctly
It is very important that a child can hold a pencil correctly. Below are a few ideas you can do to strengthen the muscles in the hands and develop the ability to control the pencil. We also sell pencil grips which help to teach the child the correct technique.
- Finger Strengthening: Give each child a clothes peg. Place it between the thumb and index finger of the
right hand. Press down 5 times. Now follow the same procedure but use the
middle finger and thumb, followed by the ring finger and thumb and lastly the
small finger and thumb. Do the same with the left hand.
- Walking fingers up and down the pencil
Hold a pencil in each hand. Start from the point. “Walk” the fingers to the top of
the pencil and down again. Do this a few times.
Balance and Coordination
- Balancing on One Leg (4 year old = at least 8 seconds)
- Jumping Activities
- Using Playground Equipment
- Playing Ball Games - catching, throwing, kicking
- Riding Tricycles, Balance Bikes, Bicycles or Scooters
- Walking on a Balance Beam, the Lines in the Sidewalk, on the Sand Dunes and the Beach
Body Map and Awareness
- Pointing to and naming body parts (example: arm, elbow, wrist, finger, knuckle, nail etc) on self and on others
- Naming body parts when eyes are closed: child closes eyes. Parent/caregiver touches body part and child needs to name it.
- Walking heel-toe along a line, pavement edge, beam etc
Creating a Balanced Sensory Diet
- Eye Tracking Games
- Be aware of the Quality of light, especially when reading
- Be aware of the Effect of colour on mood, behaviour and emotions
- Crafts, learning to sew, cutting and pasting
- Draw, dot-to-dot, mazes
- Match, sort and classify objects
- Play card games
- Find hidden objects in pictures
- Mentally manipulating objects in space
- Use music as a background to another activity
- Become aware of background noise
- Use different tones of voice
- Rhyming words
- Memorising songs and singing in tune (or maintaining a tune)
- Correcting sentence structure and tense
- Avoid baby talk above 1 year of age
Make opportunities to feel a variety of textures
Cooking tasks - stirring, mixing, kneading
Water play and splashing in water
Playing in the sandpit
Pick up small objects with tweezers
Taste / Smell
- Introduce foods with a variety of textures, flavours, consistencies and spiciness
- Include foods in the diet that require sucking, licking, chewing over a long period, biting and crunching
- Teach your child to hum, whistle, sing and play with blow toys (eg: harmonica)
- Make your child aware of scents
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