Summer Activity Ideas
Are you looking for some activities to implement this summer as school is coming to an end? Here are some ideas and resources that could help you.
PLANT: That's right - plant flower or vegetables. Make a flower bed or small little garden with the individual you are working with. Did you know you can plant potatoes in a pot using an already sprouting potato? It could be that easy! Labeling the items can help with literacy and communication skills. It also helps work on responsibility and really seeing an end product of a project.
BOARD GAMES: Great for a rainy summer day. Games address social skills, communication skills, turn taking, fine or gross motor skills (depending on the game), and problem solving skills.
I SPY: Initiates communication skills, identification skills, and attending skills.
SAFE EMERGENCY GAMES: Practice what you do in case of... This can help the individual feel safe without the pressure.
WATER or SHAVING CREAM BALLOONS: This is a great sensory activity to try with the individuals you may be working with. You can play "hot potato", make targets or just toss them around.
BOOK TALK: Together you and your client could read a book and discuss it.
BAKE: Make bread, cookies, or cakes. There are so many skills involved in this activity and you get to eat it!
PREPARE A MEAL: From start to finish, prepare a meal. Buy what you will need, prepare the meal, eat it and clean up.
FORTS: Whether it is in the living room or in the woods, motor skills and sensory skills will be the objective. Following directions and working together can be key.
CREATE A MINI-ME: Find a piece of large poster board or large heavy-duty paper (such as a butcher paper) wide enough for your kids to lay down on. Use a dull pencil (less chance for boo-boos) to trace their entire body to the paper from head to toe. Now let the kids decorate the drawings to look like themselves in the same clothes
they are wearing, same color eyes, hair, etc. When they are finished, help them cut out their mini-me for proud display.
CRAFTS: Get out the glue sticks, scissor and paper. Look up how to make paper mache dinosaurs. Communication, fine motor, following directions, sensory skills all at work here!