Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Heavy Work Activities for School {Free Printable}

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A fantastic list of heavy work activities for school. You'll definitely want to keep this free printable heavy work activities list for teachers handy!

Heavy work is beneficial for all kids, but is particularly calming for kids with sensory needs and/or autism because it provides proprioceptive input.

Doing a simple heavy work activity, like those listed below, quickly helps to improve focus and attention. These proprioceptive activities can quickly reset a day for kids and provide a much need sensory body break for those kids who have sensory needs.

This list of heavy work activities for kids is geared specifically towards the classroom and provides quick and easy ideas for implementing proprioceptive sensory activities naturally into the school day. There is also a free printable heavy work activities list for teachers included below.

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Heavy Work Activities for the Classroom

This list of heavy work activities are ones that occur naturally throughout the school day and/or can be done right within the classroom. They provide much needed proprioceptive input for the kids who are craving that type of sensory input. So if your child needs a quick body break at school, then these heavy work activities for the classroom are perfect for that!

  1. Erase chalkboards or whiteboards
  2. Sharpen pencils with a manual pencil sharpener
  3. Fill plastic crates with books to take to other classrooms
  4. Stack chairs
  5. Move packs of paper for the printer/photocopier
  6. Staple paper, especially onto bulletin boards
  7. Take down chairs at the beginning of the day
  8. Place chairs on desks at the end of the day
  9. Rearrange desks or furniture in the classroom
  10. Help the gym teacher move mats, hang them up, etc.
  11. Ride a scooter board around the hallway
  12. Carry books with both hands, hugging tight to chest
  13. Open and hold doors for people
  14. Help the janitor or caretaker empty garbage cans, recycling, mopping, sweeping, etc.
  15. Climb on playground equipment
Don't forget to print off a copy of this list of school based heavy work activities!
List of heavy work activities for the classroom

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