“I’m Going to Play in the snow and I’m putting on my…”

The Activity:

This is a fun way to work on Auditory Memory.

You can play with one child or a whole classroom.

The idea of this game is to add words to be remembered and retrieved.

Start by saying:

“I’m going to play in the snow and I’m putting on my COAT” then ask each child to add an article of clothing by repeating your sentence and adding the clothing they want

ex: “I’m going to play in the snow and I’m putting on my COAT  and HAT” continue by taking turns adding clothing and remembering each article that was added.

Ex: “I’m going to play in the snow and I’m putting on my COAT AND HAT and SCARF”

You lose if you forget one of the articles of clothing.





Flip Those Ghosts

You Will Need:

I love all these small party favors. So much you can do with them. I used these ghosts for a math game and practicing writing numbers.

Use the Sharpie to write numbers from 0 to 10. It doesn’t matter if your repeat numbers. Place the ghosts face down (I used 12 ghosts). Ask children to turn over 2 ghosts and to add up the two numbers and write down their answer on a piece of paper (or on a dry erase board).

It’s important to ask children to flip the ghost (not pick it up) using the thumb against the tip of the index finger.  This works on motoric separation of the hand (one side does the work of flipping while the other half stabilizes the hand during this movement).

I also like giving children a visual. Here I drew two ghosts along as part of a math sentence.

You can also play this as a memory game by writing upper and lower case letters behind each ghost. Ask your children to find a match. I also ask them to practice their letters by copying the letters on paper.

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Pack a Backpack

The American Occupational Therapy Association has published ten tips to avoid backpack-related health problems:

  1. Never let a child carry more than 15% of his or her body weight. This means a child who weighs 100 pounds shouldn’t wear a backpack heavier than 15 pounds.
  2. Load heaviest items closest to the child’s back and arrange books and materials to prevent them from sliding.
  3. Always wear both shoulder straps. Wearing only one strap can cause a child to lean to one side, curving the spine and causing pain or discomfort.
  4. Select a pack with well-padded shoulder straps. Too much pressure on shoulders and necks can cause pain and tingling.
  5. Adjust the shoulder straps so that the pack fits snugly to the child’s back. The bottom of the pack should rest in the curve of the lower back, never more than four inches below the child’s waistline.
  6. Use the waist belt, if the backpack has one, to help distribute the pack’s weight more evenly.
  7. Check what your child carries to school and brings home to make sure the items are necessary to the day’s activities.
  8. If the backpack is too heavy, consider using a book bag on wheels if your child’s school allows it.
  9. Choose the right size pack for your child’s back as well as one with enough room for necessary school items.
  10. If a student is experiencing back pain or neck soreness, consult your physician or occupational therapist.