Proprioception Activities for Backyard Sensory PlayThis is the second post in my little Backyard Summer Sensory series. Today, I've got proprioception activities for backyard sensory play that are designed to get the kids moving with heavy work using items you've probably already got right in your backyard. These are easy ways to build sensory breaks into the day, get the kids moving with heavy work. You can see the first post in the series, where I shared backyard oral sensory activities the other day.
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PROPRIOCEPTION ACTIVITIES for BACKYARD SENSORY PLAY:
- Hoola Hoop Jump- Place out several hoola hoops (or just one) on the ground. Create a hopping obstacle course into the hoops. Jump with both feet, one foot, and then the other. Place the hoops further away for more work. Try making a hopping memory game, much like playing "Simon" in a gross motor way. This activity provides heavy work and input through the lower body as kids jump and hop into hoops.
- Hose Tug- Use a regular garden hose to incorporate heavy work by pulling the hose across the lawn. Use the hose to water flowers, bushes, or even to spray at targets drawn with sidewalk chalk.
- Shovel Carry and Dig- Use a garden shovel in an adult or kids' size to shovel dirt, rocks, leaves, sticks, or mulch from one area to another. Try filling a bucket with the different mediums and then carry them to another area of the yard. Good old fashioned lawn work can do wonders for a proprioceptive input seeking kiddo!
- Jump Rope Pull and Slide- This activity adds a bit of vestibular input to the heavy work of pulling a jump rope. Use a piece of cardboard cut from a large box or cereal box to create a flat piece. Have your child sit on the cardboard and hold onto a jump rope. Pull them around or down slopes as they hold onto the rope. You can also try this activity with the child pulling another individual on the cardboard.
- Hop Scotch
- Bean Bags
- Corn Hole
- Play Leap Frog with friends
- Jump Rope
- Fly a kite
- Climb trees
Want more sensory ideas that can be done in your backyard with items you probably already own? Grab your July Occupational Therapy calendar for a month full of creative play activities designed to build development.