Christmas Proprioception Activities
therapy plans this month. They are great Christmas activities for sending home to parents for a home program over the holiday break.
as part of an individualized plan that meets the child’s needs.
outlined in an easy to follow therapy plan, however as parents and therapists
know, a day that involves children does not always go as planned. The activities can be shifted around to suit
the needs of the child and the family.
An activity can be completed on a different day or used in combination
with another day’s therapeutic activities.
the child’s day to challenge sensory issues or as a way to help kids focus
during overstimulating times that the holidays bring.
Incorporate these Christmas Proprioception sensory
activities into your child’s day to add heavy work input.
activity- Use a small child’s sized snow shovel or sand shovel to scoop couch
Toss- Fill a plastic sandwich bag with dry beans. Push the filled bag into a mitten. Close the opening of the mitten by rolling
the top over on itself like you would roll socks together. Use the mitten as a DIY bean bag in tossing
Push- Load cardboard boxes with heavy objects like books. Ask the child to push the boxes across a
room. For less resistance, do this
activity on a carpeted floor. For more
heavy work, do this activity outside on the driveway or sidewalk.
Kick- Promote proprioceptive input through the upper body with wheel barrow
race type movements. Kids can also stand
on their arms and legs in a quadruped position and kick their legs up.
Push- Load a wheelbarrow, sled, or wagon with objects. (Try the weighted boxes from number 3.) Ask
kids to push, pull, and tug on the “sleigh” through the yard.
Candy Stick Oral Motor Activity- Did you know you can make a peppermint candy
stick into a straw? It’s a great oral
motor activity for kids. Cut an orange
in half and then stick the peppermint stick into the orange. Next, suck the peppermint stick. The juices from the orange will begin to work
their way up through the peppermint stick.
Temperature Taste- Make a batch of hot cocoa. Pour it into an ice cube tray and
let it freeze. Next, make another batch
of hot cocoa. Divide it out into several mugs. Add a cocoa ice cube to the first
mug, two ice cubes to the second mug, and so on. Mix the mugs up on a
table. Place a straw into each mug. Children can position the mugs in order of
coolest to hottest or vice versa. If
doing this activity with several children, use small paper cups so that each
child gets their own set of cups.
Chewy and Crunchy Food Breaks- A calming sensory snack can be just the thing
that children need to organize their sensory system during the hustle and
bustle of the holiday season. Try these
calming Christmas foods: Peppermint
Snack mix with peppermint chocolate candies mixed with dry cereal and raisins,
Toffee, Rice Crispy Wreath cookies, pretzel sticks, homemade fruit leather.