How can you mix gross motor skills, fine motor skills, manners, following directions, using descriptive language, feeding the sensory diet and encouraging creativity, all while redirecting “wired” post-dinner behavior?
The Hallway Duplo Game!
We made this up the other night when the kids’ evening craziness was demanding some directed, ye full-of-movement play. Here’s how to play:
- Sit at one end of the hallway with a container of Duplo blocks. Have the kids bring empty trays down the other end.
|Nina shows off her trays|
- Then, have the kids come to you to request a specific color, size, number or shape block, using good manners. For example, “May I have a yellow one, please?” Or, “May I have three long ones, please?”
- Reply in the affirmative, but with a gross motor challenge as a stipulation. For example “Yes, you may, but you must crawl/run/hop/slither/turn/jump/skip.”
- Then, the kids move in that way up the hallway in order to add the Duplo’s they requested to their trays.
|Luke drives part of his share down the hall.|
- For extra fun, make the number of directions equal to the number of bricks they request. For example, the request, “May I have a red one?” gets a single command response, such as, “Sure, please jump it back down the hall.” But, a double request such as, “May I have a blue one and a yellow one?”, gets a double-command response, such as, “Of course! Hold them in the bottom of your shirt and hop like a kangaroo.” And, a triple request, such as, “May I have a person, a long one and a black trailer one?”, gets a triple-command reply, such as, “Absolutely! Hold them high up towards the sky, take two giant steps and, then, jump then spin the rest of the way down the hall.”
- When all the Duplo’s have been requested, observe the creations on the trays at the end of the hallway and continue with some free play.
|Focused and having fun.|
|"Nina,may I have a...?"|
|Success! Calm, kind play together...|
We hope you enjoy it, too, and look forward to hearing about your own post-dinner focus-and-fun activities. Please share in a comment.
(We're sharing this at Works for Me Wednesday. Please check the lins there for lots of wonderful ideas.)