Easter in December
This is a great idea to keep kids busy indoors or outdoors, while working on their matching skills, their abilities to deal with frustration and perseverance, as well math skills. Paint rocks and other objects in different colors and hide them around your house or yard. Your child then has to find the colored items and put them in different piles. You can make the game harder for older kids by drawing numbers instead of colors or even have them add up the numbers to reach 10.
ALTERNATIVES TO CONSEQUENCES
This website has great ideas to consequences for kids. Check it out and start implementing. :)http://imom.com/parenting/tweens/parenting/training/21-creative-consequences/
Cut up some plastic cups, put a sliced balloon in the top and add something to shoot (marshmallows, pompoms, paper balls, Legos, etc) This is great for a child's pincer grip as well as hand-eye coordination. Put a bucket on one end of the bathtub during bathtime and make this is great game for them.
personalize games for added motivation
Kids go through phases where they like different cartoons and tv shows, personalizing games like we did with this memory game and "Super Why" (animated educational program) helps keep novelty in the activities, gets kids motivated to participate keeps them engaged in the task.
More cube fun.
Here's a great way to have your kids move around and get some of their gross motor work done at the same time! Here are some additional ideas for kids to do:
-Spin three times
-Jump on one foot 4 times
-punch the air three times
-Touch your toes 5 times
- Crawl like a bear to the wall and back
-give yourself three big hugs
-walk like a crab for 4 steps
Here is a great idea from intellokids of what to do with that popping wrap left over from Christmas presents!! Cut it into squares and have kids jump on them by number. You can also give them as many toys as the number they have to jump on, to make it more fun. Jump away!!
What a great way for kids to practice counting while having fun. You can change the game for girls and have them count flowers, barbies or marbles. The dice can easily be made with a small box or felt toy.
Make your own ring-toss
Here is an easy and inexpensive way to make a game at home. Just a few paper plates (which your kids can color) along with a paper-towel roll. Have the kids play in a long hallway or in their rooms.
You're going to need a water gun and a couple of pingpong balls and draw a finish-line with chalk. Have kids "push" the ball towards the finish line. Another great adaption is to use a straw in the bathtub, to push the ping pong around in the bath tub.
(This is a great idea from therapy fun zone, feel free to look around at other great ideas they have)
We are Recreational Therapists who provide participants with the tools they need to conquer the world using guided play.