Wednesday, November 01, 2006
The Day After....
I am sure our students are all a little tired from last nights events. Some may be dragging, and others may still be reeling from the excitement. It's a great day to bring out the body tools from your tool kit, namely heavy work activities. These include:
# WHOLE BODY actions involving pushing, pulling, lifting, playing, and moving
# USE OF HANDS for squeezing, pinching, or "fidgeting"
# ORAL actions such as chewing, sucking, and blowing
Here are some specific activities that might fit into your classrooms or the school environment:
- stacking or moving chairs/books
- ANYTHING with weight to it! (weighted objects such as lap pillow, wrist weights, water bottles filled with sand to carry during transitions)
- tug of war
- jumping (jump rope, hopscotch)
- climbing on jungle gyms
- hanging on monkey bars
- "push of war" between partners
- Twister (great for indoor recess)
- Crab walk to areas in classroom (hands and feet on floor, belly up)...
- erasing, coloring on chalkboard
- yoga poses at the rug
- resisitve toys or tools (clothespins, scissors to cut putty or cardboard
- putty press (flatten putty on wall or desk/table)
- Play-doh Factory presses and molds, rolling pin
- theraputty play-doh(hide and seek with coins, tug of war, cut and flatten to make cookies, roll out to make letters)
- silly putty
- color/draw with crayon on textured surface
- bingo markers
- hole punches
- spray bottles filled with water (classroom jobs such as watering plants, cleaning chalkboard)
- rubber band finger stretches (prior to writing)
- blowing wind instruments, bubbles, cotton balls
- splatter paintings (use thin paint on paper... blow air through a straw and watch the paint move!