Growing up I remember washing our family car was a lot of fun. We each his or her own roles: I was in charge of headlights and doors but my real passion was license plates (they seems to never get clean…).
As I grew older and got my driver license it became a hassle so I started going to the car wash. Which is a lot of scary fun by itself.
Now as a parent of two, we again have this family project. Ideal for hot days and with plenty of sensory inputs.
It all starts by getting all the stuff we need together and carrying this heavy load to the car. Pulling out the car mats can also be quiet a heavy work for young ones. Carrying water buckets or even operating the garden hose can be a nice heavy workout.
Naturally scrubbing is full of tactile sensations. From the cloth and wipes texture, through water, bubble and soaps and all the way to brushes.
The art of cleaning motions as shown in the famous karate kid movie opens the door to many sensory effects that come from the amount of force applied, rhythms, body stretches, wide vs narrow wipes and more.
The beauty is that you don’t need much: a dirty car (who doesn’t have one…) and a couple of sensory seeking kiddos…
And by the second time around it already became a family sensory habit.
Oren Steinberg, father of 2 sensational kiddos and co-founder of SensoryTreat.