“People are like snowflakes, every one is special.” - Unknown
By Cara Yochai, PT, DPT
The temperature is getting cooler and the days are getting shorter. Winter season is quickly approaching. It often seems like there are fewer activities for you and your child to participate in during the winter months. However, there are plenty of ways to stay moving and to continue to develop motor skills.
Have your child color in a winter themed picture such as a snowflake or snowman
Laying on the stomach while coloring will help to strengthen the core and back muscles as well as muscles in the arm by pushing through the arms in order to keep the head lifted
You can also challenge your child’s arm and core strength by having them draw while standing by putting the paper on the wall overhead
Work on listening and motor skills with this classic game
Imitating the various positions and movements while watching the leader demonstrate will also help to develop your child’s proprioceptive system
Playing in the snow
Playing in the snow was always a favorite winter activity of mine
Make snow angels
Build a snowman
Use food coloring in spray bottles to create colorful creations in the snow
Sledding: You’re never too old to work on tummy time
This family activity is sure to challenge everyone’s balance
Stay safe and warm this winter. Share some of your favorite winter activities and photos with us!