Rain, Rain It’s Okay
Spring is here, which means “April showers bring may flowers.” It can be hard to keep children entertained on these dreary days. Below are some suggestions for fun indoor activities to keep children active, both at home and in the community.
Here are a few places for indoor play areas:
Local Malls: Dayton Mall, Fairfield Commons
Local churches: Fairhaven Church
Local recreation centers: Many recreation centers have a daily fee for non-members. With all of the different play areas, fun can be had all day.
Washington Township Recreation Center (https://goo.gl/pDYCRv)
Kettering Recreation Center (https://goo.gl/9A4Vn2)
For more places to go, visit (https://goo.gl/WtZBDb)
These are a few activities you can do in your home:
Create an obstacle course:
Use chairs and blankets to make tunnels and uneven surfaces. Kids can also crawl
under chairs or tables.
Make designs with masking or painters tape: Make hopscotch; create a ladder for jumping or bear walking; use a line as a balance beam.
Use cushions to create an uneven surface for your child to run across.
Use rugs (non-slip) and arrange them so that your child has to jump from rug to rug without touching the floor (hot lava, leap frog, etc.).
If you have large amounts of floor space, you can have your child log roll across it and knock a tower over with their body.
Use large boxes to crawl through or step into and out of. Stepping in and out of boxes challenges one’s balance.
Walk across bubble wrap and use toes to pop the bubbles.
Play balloon volleyball or tennis. Use the couch as a net. To create indoor tennis rackets, glue or tape a paper plate to a popsicle stick.
Have mini-relay races. Kids can do different animal walks (crab, bear, etc.), jump, and wheelbarrow walk.
Here at Synergy Family Therapy Specialists, we strive to help kids have fun so that they do not even realize the activities they are doing are therapeutic. Be creative with the activities! If you have any questions, reach out to your therapist for additional suggestions specifically for your child. If your child has a hard time balancing, jumping, running, or doing activities his or her peers enjoy doing, reach out to us. We are here to help your child achieve their goals and improve their mobility!