Why is that kids are always eager to become a grown- up? I decided to turn to my three year old for answers. “What will happen when you become older like mommy and daddy?” I asked him. He matter-of-factly answered: “When I get older my feet will reach the floor while I’m sitting on the chair… 🙂 So now I get it! It’s that feeling that they are a small person in a big person’s world and they’re just waiting for things to change – the sooner the better. But for me, it’s just the opposite- I wish I could turn back time somehow and be a kid for one day and do all the magical fun stuff only kids can do. So if you have a kid, or are one and by chance reading this blog, the following is a small bunch of sensory activity ideas that only small people can do:
Build a tent: you don’t need much space- even throwing a sheet over two kitchen chairs will provide ample room. Place some pillows inside the tent and you have the perfect deep pressure corner your child can escape to throughout the day.
Bouncing back ride: one of the most exhilarating feelings I remember from my childhood is getting a ride on my dad’s shoulders. I felt so tall! On top of the world!
Climbing: from a kid’s perspective climbing a couch is like climbing the Everest! Climbing is a great sensory activity for which both calms and improves attention… and the best part is crash landing from the top into the soft sofa!!
Slide down the slides on your tummy! Because one day you just won’t b able to fit into a slide anymore….
Blow out candles: if you’re little and it’s your birthday chances are you have candles on your cake- and while there may not be a lot it’s still going to take a lot of little huffs and puffs to blow them out- which is a great oral sensory exercise. So happy birthday!!!
And always remember to stay a kid at heart !