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April 2016

The weather is getting warmer, which means means it is the perfect time for your kids to get outside and start moving again!  Here are a few activities that will give your child the opportunity to use both hands while they spend time outside this season:

Plant a Garden

  • Carry trays of plants at the garden center or help push the cart with both hands.
  • Push a wheelbarrow with both hands (with help as needed) to keep it from tipping over.
  • Carry a bucket of dirt in one hand and scoop dirt out with the other. 
  • Use a watering can to water the plants; a heavier can will require the use of both hands.

Scavenger Hunts

  • After you hide eggs or other small items (such as toy cars, puzzle pieces, checkers, or bean bags), give your child a container to place them in. Encourage them to hold the container with one hand as they place the objects in the container with their other hand.  Vary the weight of the items and the container to change the level of difficulty. 

Car Wash

  • Help to wash the family car, or have a car wash for their toy bikes, trikes, cars, etc.
  • Carry a bucket of water in both hands.
  • Use both hands to move a rag or sponge around to wash the car; encourage them to put a rag or sponge in each hand and reach up as high on the car as they can.
  • Younger children can use a spray bottle to spray water on the car with one hand while using a rag or sponge to wipe the car in the other.
  • Have a toy car wash: cover toy cars in shaving cream and have your child hold the toy car in one hand and scrub them off using an old toothbrush in the other.  This can be a fun bath activity any time of year.
     

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