As therapists, we love activities for kids that can be adapted for all ages and ability levels. This activity can be as simple, or as challenging as you make it! The object is to get your partner to copy the position of your body as if they were looking into a mirror. And while you’re at it, learn some cooperation skills!
WHAT YOU’LL NEED: You’ll just need the kids and some open space for this one!
WHAT TO DO:
Designate one child as the “leader” and place the children so that they are facing each other. The leader positions her body and asks the other child to mimic that position. For instance, the leader may put one hand on their head and one hand on their belly.
HOW TO CHANGE IT UP:
-Position one child (the leader) in front of a group of children or pair a child with an adult
-Make position changes rapidly, maybe using a timer set at 30 second intervals to challenge the partner to act quickly and challenging the leader to respond to the timer to change
-Challenge the child to think outside the box and attempt to hold different body positions while standing on one leg or sitting on the floor
SKILL AREAS ADDRESSED: Balance, coordination, gross motor skills, motor control, posture, proprioception, social skills, visual perceptual skills
Want to take a closer look at the skills kids are using in this activity? Check out our Clinical Closeup page, where we break down the skills listed below in terms everyone can understand.