Just because it is cold outside does not mean your child’s play time (both outdoors and/or indoors) should decrease! Even in the winter months there are plenty of activities that can meet the sensory needs of our children within the constraints of the weather and environment.
-Snow Angels on the carpet or outside in the snow
-Ice skating: Christopher Morley Park and Eisenhower Park have outdoor skating sessions
-Sledding: find a hill or create your own
-Skiing: might be more suitable for the older kids
Strengthening & Proprioceptive Activities
-Building snowman- roll throw large balls of snow, lift to place on top of each other, then decorate!
-Pulling a sled- take turns pulling sibling, friend around sidewalk
-Crashing into snow piles
-Building an igloo/snow fort
-Cutting out winter snowflakes- create template for your child and have them copy
-Coloring winter themed pictures- use of coloring books or printables online
-Making gingerbread houses- instead of buying a pre-packaged kit, get creative! Graham crackers, marshmallows, licorice will do the trick
-Helping to make cookie recipes- Allow child to roll dough, stir mix, uses cookie cutters to create different shapes (with parent supervision or help as needed)
-Indoor obstacle course: Can be set up in an open area such as the basement or living room. Create with safe household items like pillows, blankets, stuffed animals
-Create an indoor fort: use pillows and blankets, chairs (with assistance from adult) to build a cozy fort indoors.
-Snow ball toss at target- set up target outside on horizontal or vertical surface and see how many times you can hit target with snow ball.
-Board games- some of our favorite include Battle Ship, Spot It, Kerplunk, Mancala, Hi-Ho Cheerio
-Snow Slime- find the recipe here!
-Winter Sensory Bucket – put winter themed items in bucket or beans or rice.
-Colored snow: bring snow inside , put on a tray and add color. You can use food coloring in a spray bottle with water or drip it right in.
*You can also find some great sensory smart winter tips at Sensory Smarts and Friendship Circle