This time of year, the hustle and bustle of the season can make all of us feel a little out of sorts. For the child with sensory issues, the holiday season can be a real challenge! Try adding Christmas Proprioception Activities into your child's day for calming strategies to meet sensory needs.
For more ideas, grab this December Occupational Therapy calendar.
Christmas Proprioception Activities
Occupational Therapists can add these proprioception activities to your therapy plans this month. They are great Christmas activities for sending home to parents for a home program over the holiday break.
Parents and teachers can use these activities as part of an individualized plan that meets the child’s needs.
The calendar’s activities are 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.
Try adding these activities into 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.
1. Shovel activity- Use a small child’s sized snow shovel or sand shovel to scoop couch cushions.
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.
Looking for modified paper to help kids with handwriting issues? Try this modified Christmas paper packet!