If the temperatures continue to make outdoor play difficult, you need to keep things moving inside! As you know, movement is important for all kids, but it’s even more critical for Complex Learners, helping with sensory regulation, mood, focus and organization. During the break from school and the regular routine, you’ll need to schedule more movement in during the day to meet your child’s needs.
Here’s a list of activities you can use to keep things moving:
- Dance party! Crank up the tunes and get off the couch.
- Find a yoga CD or program for stretching, strengthening and serenity.
- Use tape to create hopscotch on a hard floor.
- Play games using your body: leapfrog, wheelbarrow races, crab walks and donkey walks.
- Consider getting a mini trampoline for indoor use.
- Tickle fights, wrestling matches and tug of war will get things moving
- Clean out the basement and have your child carry things up and down the stairs (put the music on and keep it fun!).
- Have a pillow fight.
- Play Twister.
- Put on an old aerobic CD and feel the burn.
- Create an indoor obstacle course or scavenger hunt.
- Use an exercise ball to move all around, especially hanging over it upside down.
You must have others! Let us know how you get things moving when it’s cold outside!
Anna Johnson, Head of School at The Wolf School, is a devoted, passionate educator with more than 17 years of classroom and leadership experience. She holds a BA and MAT from Brown University, and speaks locally and nationally on topics related to Complex Learners.