Hot Day Hacks – Summer Activities for Kids With Sensory Challenges

Summer can feel long and it’s easy to run out of ideas to keep kids active yet cool, especially children who struggle with sensory integration. Here are 8 summer activities for kids to do on those hot days at home.

  • Water Sponge Battle: get buckets of water, put sponges in, and throw wet sponges at each other.
  • Obstacle Course:
    • Hop to bucket and squeeze wet sponge over head. You’ll need a bucket with water and a sponge.
    • Pan run: Fill 6 cheap aluminum pans with water and place 2 side by side in 3 rows – spaced so the children can run through them like a tire run
    • Squirt water gun at a target
    • If you have a slip and slide, have them do this last
  • Water Balloon Baseball
  • Water Balloon Toss and Catch
  • Water Paint the Deck, Concrete, and/or Fence! This activity can go on for hours, because once it’s dry it’s time to paint again! What you need: buckets of water and sponge paint brushes.
  • Make a River with Foil: Roll out aluminum foil and curve up the edges to reinforce and flow water down it – -give the children boats,  rocks , creatures (fake) so they can play in the stream.
  • Dino Dig: Freeze small dinosaurs or other figure in ice the night before and have the kids use a small hammer or tool to pick at the ice to reveal a toy.
  • Give Baby Dolls a Bath: Bucket, water, and a small bar of soap,  second bucket to rinse, towel to dry.

Remember, everyone gets tired and cranky when it’s hot, especially kids with sensory integration challenges. The summer activities above can help keep them engaged, support good sensory organization, and therefore good behavior – all while staying cool.
Stay hydrated and be gentle with yourself and the children!


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Tongue Tie Symposium

Last weekend the KIDSPACE team participated in the first Connecticut Tongue-Tie and Oral Function Symposium. We were together for ten hours of presentation and discussion with a diverse group of professionals who work with tongue tie and oral functionality.  The symposium attracted providers from Massachusetts to New York including: a pediatrician and nurse practitioner; chiropractors; dentists;  speech, craniosacral, physical, and occupational therapists;  an osteopath; and several dentists.

It was incredible to continue to learn about the implications of oral motor function on breathing, eating, behavior, sleep and movement from the perspective of different disciplines and network with other providers dedicated to learning, sharing, and collaborating in pursuit of excellent care for our patients.


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