Don't feel guilty about a yard full of leaves. Autumn turns your yard into a magnificent "therapy" opportunity for your kids! Do you have kids that need to be calmed down, or even calmed up? Your yard is a sensory rich environment that can provide the sensory input your kids crave. Heavy work, movement and tactile experiences are abound!
Heavy Work may Include:
- Raking leaves and putting them in baskets
- "Riding" brooms or galloping on rakes through the leaves
- High kicks or stomping in the leaves
- Filling wheelbarrows or wagons and pushing and pulling them
- Lying down and making angels in the LEAVES
- Pile the leaves high, then j-u-m-p
- Rake a path and jump with two feet together down the trail
- Don't forget to Hug A Tree
- Log roll through the leaves
- Twirl, twirl, twirl and crash into the huge pile of leaves
- Somersault in the leaves
- Have and adult gently swirl you round 'n round, then let go and splat into the leaves
- If there are two strong people, lift and sway until SPLAT into the leaves
Tactile (In case the activities above didn't have enough tactile input!):
- Place leaves on clear ground to make shapes or letters
- Toss lots of leaves in the air, and watch them float onto your face
- Totally bury yourself in leaves, then yell SURPRISE!
- Make up your own FUN!
Do you have a favorite fall activity? What crafts can you do with leaves? Do you have other outdoor ideas for kids?