A hot day. A concrete wall. Kids that need some focus, but also some fun… What to do? Grab you SPD lenses and see the possibilities. Just what fun can that concrete wall provide?
Original Purpose: supporting the house
With SPD Lenses: Gross Motor, Proprioceptive, Tactile Fun
With SPD Lenses: Gross Motor, Fine Motor, Proprioceptive and Tactile Fun
Wet Erase Chalkboard: Before painting as above, grab some chalk. With the kids, come up with a theme. (We chose a dinosaur world and, later, an underwater scene.) Outline some main parts and challenge the kiddos to fill in the details. Or, simply create a big mural together. The more you get the kids to add to it, the more fine motor exercise you’ll encourage. And, if you challenge the kids to make any circular portions in the drawing counter-clockwise, you’ll be ensuring some great prep and practice for handwriting. (Many letters are formed with counter-clockwise loopy strokes.) Speaking of writing, remember literacy can be for concrete walls, not just for books and paper, so go ahead an label the drawing Then, when everyone is ready to stop admiring the beautiful chalk handiwork, get out those brushes again (or rags or sponges) and use them as erasers. If your wall is anything like ours, the rough surface will require extra-hard work to erase. Some extra water. Some extra pressure. Some extra strokes. All great gross motor and proprioceptive work. And, all a part of the fun.
Finally, keep those SPD lenses on as you look around your yard. What other fun sensory experiences can you concoct? How can your lenses help you (and your kids) be thankful for the heat, the "stuff" you have about, the creativity God has given you?
Please share your own ideas for seeing concrete walls through SPD lenses and other outdoor sensory fun. And, be sure to stop by the Thankful Thursday links at Spiritually Unequal Marriage to be inspired what others are thankful for today.