Christmas Proprioception Activities
Christmas Sensory Diet
An activity can be completed on a different day or used in combination with another day’s therapeutic activities.
Christmas Heavy Work Ideas
1. Shovel activity- Use a small child’s sized snow shovel or sand shovel to scoop couch
2. Mitten 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 target games.
3. Gift 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.
4. Reindeer 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.
5. Sleigh Push- Load a wheelbarrow, sled, or wagon with objects. (Try the weighted boxes from number three activity listed above.) Ask kids to push, pull, and tug on the “sleigh” through the yard.
6. Peppermint 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.
7. Cocoa 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.
8. Christmas 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.
Calming Sensory Foods for Christmas
Adding chewy or crunchy foods to a sensory diet has a calming effect. These types of food provide heavy work through the jaw and mouth.
Try these calming Christmas foods:
- Peppermint snack mix with peppermint chocolate candies mixed with dry cereal and raisins
- Rice Crispy Wreath cookies
- Pretzel sticks
- Homemade fruit leather
Christmas Sensory Writing
- Write over a sheet of sandpaper.
- Tape the Christmas paper to a wall or easel and write on a vertical surface.
- Use a grease pencil to add proprioceptive input resistance.