Work Hard, Play Hard – Tug of War

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How to:

Play a game of tug of war with your kids.  It is a great way to get them to engage their whole body in a fun activity.  Plus the “tugging” on their joints is helpful for relaxing children with sensory issues.

Inspiration:

The kids started playing with the garden hose this evening and I realized they had turned it on and stuck it through a hole in our wooden fence.  Yes they were filling up the neighbor’s yard with water.  Sigh.  The perfectly sized knot hole in the fence was pretty tempting so it was hard to be too mad at them.  As I was trying to put the hose away they started pulling on the other end.  Instead of getting frustrated with them we turned it into a game of tug of war.  Miss Princess came over to help me and Mr Rockstar and Miss Tomboy were on the other end.  It was a lot of fun and a great way to wear them out before bed.

This is a great “deep pressure” activity for Mr Rockstar’s sensory seeking behavior due to his Proprioceptive Dysfunction (proprioceptive sense refers to the sensory input and feedback that tells us about movement and body position).  Any deep work that also applies pressure to the joints it extra helpful so Tug of War is a great exercise for Mr Rockstar!

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