For this activity, the child will be working on some animal walks. This will help with gross motor play, proprioceptive and vestibular input, balance, shoulder stability, core stability, and bilateral coordination.
Bear Walk: Start in the standing position, bend over and put both hands on the ground. Then, walk forward with the same leg and arm (so move right leg and right arm forward, then the left leg and left arm at the same time, and repeat).
Duck Walk: Squat down and walk around, keeping arms out or bent at sides.
Proprioceptive input involves sensations from joints, muscles and connective tissues that underlie body awareness. It’s the body’s ability to sense movement within joints and joint position. This enables us to know where our limbs are in space without having to look.