Monday, December 19, 2016

Christmas Oral Motor Sensory Game Using Jingle Bells

We're always on the lookout for different ways to provide oral motor sensory support for my kids, especially my oldest son who chews on literally everything. But oral motor sensory races, such as this Christmas themed oral motor sensory game using jingle bells are also great for working on breathing control. Hoping that by encouraging deep controlled breathing, the kids will learn to use the same type of breathing when they need to calm down or are overwhelmed.

Yet, this Christmas spin on a classic oral motor activity also provides a nice little bit of auditory sensory input too! It's such a multi-sensory activity!

Christmas themed oral motor sensory activity for kids using jingle bells from And Next Comes L

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Christmas Oral Motor Sensory Game for Kids

This activity is really simple and can be set up in mere seconds, making it a great Christmas boredom buster game for the whole family! Here's what you'll need:

Use the tape to mark a starting line and a finish line. Feel free to make them as far apart or as close together as possible! Or, for another fun variation, make designs like zig zags or snowflakes with the tape and encourage your kids to blow their jingle bells along the tape designs.

Jingle bell Christmas game for kids from And Next Comes L

At first, five year old K wanted to try blowing the jingle bells without the straws. However, he found it extremely challenging to get the jingle bell to move even just a few centimetres.

Blowing jingle bells for Christmas themed oral motor sensory input from And Next Comes L

So he opted to use a color coordinating straw instead to send that jingle bell across the finish line. He is a great mouth muscle workout, especially when you compare it to our pokeball oral motor races or our snowball oral motor races, where the items are much lighter than a jingle bell.

Blowing jingle bells for Christmas themed oral motor sensory input from And Next Comes L

Crawling along the floor while blowing the jingle bell is also a great heavy work idea for kids and it provides lots of proprioceptive sensory input while doing so.

Blowing jingle bells for Christmas themed oral motor sensory input from And Next Comes L

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Christmas themed oral motor sensory activity for kids using jingle bells from And Next Comes L
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