Today we are joining in the Sensory Play Week with Proprioceptive Activities!
This week’s Sensory Play Challenge works like this: each day a certain sense is named and kid bloggers show you how to play with your kiddos to develop that certain sense.
Today’s sense is the Proprioceptive sense which basically means your gross motor control and body awareness. You walk without telling your body to walk, right?, because of this sense. Your body is aware of it’s own abilities and your surroundings to make walking possible. But kids need the opportunity to develop this sense, and the best way: through play!
Here is how we played:
We took the chalk outside and drew some shapes onto the paving. Different shapes, some had numbers in too.
A shape was named and then L(almost 4 years) had to jump in the shape. Then to another shape and so on. We named the shapes, and counted them too.
She played a type of hop scotch where in some shapes she has to jump with both feet, and other with one foot at a time. She played the line was biting her toes, so staying off the lines was crucial!
Then she walked on the lines, toe-to-heel. this is great for balance.
W(17 months) also joined in the fun, “jumping”!
I couldn’t find the bean bag, so we made one, actually a rice bag! A small bag of rice was added to an old sock, and voila! (Mom makes a plan)
Again a shape was called, but now L has to throw the sock into that shape! This calls for strength and guessing how hard and far to throw. This was quite difficult, but great fun!
The shapes are still on the paving in the driveway, and every time we are outside they first want to jump a few shapes. I’d say this was a successful gross motor activity which they enjoyed and are still enjoying!
Why don’t you hop on over and see how other bloggers kids played today? (click this photo)