Sometimes, the most fun play activities are the ones that use simple objects you have lying around the house! Bed sheets can be used in a bunch of creative ways besides making a bed! They can be the roof of a fort or the costume for a ghost. They are a picnic area or something to hide under to read a good book. Today, we’ll explore a few ways to use a bed sheet to enhance motor skills.
Here are some fun activities with bed sheets!
WHAT YOU’LL NEED: A Sheet … any size will do!
WHAT TO DO:
1. Use the sheet as a sled! Put one child on the sheet and have another child (or an adult) pull them around the house or yard. SO MUCH FUN! The child riding will get a bunch of vestibular input to enhance balance and balance reactions! He’ll even benefit from some core strengthening from trying to stay upright. The child pulling the sheet will be strengthening his whole body while getting loads of proprioceptive input, motor planning, balance and coordination.
2. Turn it into a hammock swing! Do you have two adults around? Lay the sheet out flat on the floor. Have a child plop down on their back right in the middle. The adults each grab the two corners closest to them and lift up the sheet to wrap around the child like a hammock! Gently swing back and forth, faster and slower. Raise them up and down. End with the count of 3 and a big plop onto the couch. Awesome benefits include proprioceptive input from that sheet wrapping around them, vestibular input, and sensory input. And, of course, a great arm and leg workout for mom and dad! :)
3. Make it into a target. Again, put the sheet out flat on the ground. Fold it if you want a smaller target. See if your child can kick a ball gently enough that it lands on the target and doesn’t roll off! Or, give them a boundary that they have to stay behind and have them throw a few balls to the target. You could also tape the sheet up on a wall as a target with a different view. Target practice is great for motor control and gross motor skills!
4. Play tug of war. Roll that sheet up length wise and have a child hold onto each end. Make a line on the floor in the middle of the two teams with a piece of tape. See who can pull who across that line first! More strengthening, proprioception, balance, motor planning and motor control in this activity!
5. Make it into a jump rope. A sheet makes a great jump rope for one child or a group of children. Fold it in half and twist it up for one child and have him work on bringing the sheet overhead and stepping over it. As he masters this, move on to swinging and jumping over the rope. If you have more than one child and a king-sized sheet, have two children hold the ends while another child jumps — double dutch style. Great for practicing those developmental skills and a major rite of passage on an elementary playground!
SKILL AREAS ADDRESSED: Gross motor skills, motor control, balance, coordination, sensory integration, endurance, visual motor integration
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