An OT’s Guide to a Sensational Summer!

It’s that time of year. School is out and the kids are home for summer break to relax. But why is it that on day 2, our kids are already bored? Here are some ideas to help liven up the summer break while keeping your child regulated.

Make homemade slime with school glue and Borax detergent. Got broken crayons lying around? Turn those pieces into rainbow colored Crayon Nibbles for endless hours of fun. Feeling really crafty? Make sidewalk chalk with plaster of paris and tempera paints.

If crafts are not your thing, then here are some movement ideas for a sensational summer outside:

  • Make a fort with old sheets or boxes and play hide and seek!
  • Draw hopscotch patterns on the sidewalk with chalk.
  • Hang an old sheet up and spray with watered down paint in a spray bottle to work on targeting and hand strength while making an original piece of art!
  • Go camping in the backyard and “roast” marshmallows in the microwave for s’mores.

For more summertime tips, check out the Raising a Sensory Smart Child website.

-Larissa Ksar, MS, OTR/L


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