Enchanted Learning Website - Sports Theme I have mentioned this website before (click here for previous Enchanted Learning post) because I love how easy they make it to be thematic while building academic skills. It is a subscription site with some free materials but I have found it to be worth the fee for what I do with Andrew and My Obstacle Course. My intention is to provide you with some alternatives for what would typically be worksheet, pencil/paper activities. If your child is into … [Read more...] about Sports Themed My Obstacle Course Idea #3
Andrew was always taken with the fishing game sold in stores, the one where the fish go around in a circle while opening and closing their mouths while you try to get the end of the fishing line in their mouths. He got one and was extremely frustrated. I tried it and got extremely frustrated. The mouths close so quickly and with the fish moving around, I'm not sure how he could be successful with this. I decided to make my own fishing game, adding a bit of a My Obstacle Course twist on it (of … [Read more...] about Gone Fishin!
No beach? No problem! I shared in an earlier post about creating a Sand Bin and how that can be used to hide items to increase sensory tolerance and build hand muscles through sand play. This bin can also be used to build handwriting skills by having your child do some sand writing. One of the things I learned last year when Andrew attended a handwriting camp was the importance of providing opportunities for children to build handwriting skills in: large ways (ex. writing really big on a … [Read more...] about Sand Writing
In keeping with the summer, beach themed My Obstacle Courses, I'm including a station to use the primary colors to make different shades of blue, like water. This is something that only takes a few minutes to set up but is so fun for children to get to play around with. An activity like this also goes along nicely with building some pretend skills, like pretending to be a scientist experimenting or a magician who is making "magic potions." My Obstacle Course Station Activity: Different Shades … [Read more...] about Different Shades of Blue
I found these dinosaur/dragon type water squirters at Walgreens in the "seasonal" aisle. They are basically water guns without the pointy gun aspect, which I really like! I picked them up because they are great for water fun on hot days but also help build hand strength through squeezing to squirt the water out. If you look closely, you can see that the part they will squeeze to squirt the water is quite long, requiring all of the fingers to squeeze down, which builds hand muscles. As … [Read more...] about Dinosaur/Dragon Type Water Squirters
I’ve done previous posts on using sensory bins with dried beans and fake snow and think that a perfect summer sensory bin is a sand bin. This is something that I would do in a low, wide plastic bin with a lid, so it can be stored away while not in use. I would also place it on a beach towel to contain the sand. This may be something that your child already does all of the time but in the past it is not something that has been a preferred activity for Andrew. There are so many motor skills to … [Read more...] about Sensory Sand Bin