Tuesday, March 08, 2016

Easter Oral Motor Activity for Kids

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We've been doing a lot of oral motor activities lately for numerous reasons. My oldest son is a constant oral sensory seeker and chews on everything. So we do these activities to give him the oral sensory input that he needs. We also do these types of activities to work on self-regulation by learning and practicing controlled breathing. In fact, I recently discovered a fantastic breathing trick that instantly calms meltdowns with my son, but I haven't blogged about it yet.

This Easter oral motor sensory activity for kids is a great way to work on those oral motor and self-regulation breathing skills. However, it's also a great heavy work activity that encourages lots of proprioceptive sensory input as the kids crawl along the floor on their tummies. It also includes a color matching component for additional learning.

Easter oral motor sensory game & color matching activity for kids from And Next Comes L

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Easter Oral Motor Sensory Activity for Kids

For this activity, we used two items from the dollar store, in matching colors. They were:

The object of this game is to lay on your stomach (which is great proprioceptive input and a nice way to sneak in some heavy work) and blow the egg to the matching colored bunny. You can use only your mouth and no hands! Since the foam eggs are so light, they blow easily, almost too easily, and can quickly go any direction. So this activity requires controlled breathing. Controlled breathing is an important self-regulation strategy that we're currently working on with my son with autism.

Easter color matching & oral motor sensory activity for kids from And Next Comes L

Easter color matching & oral motor sensory activity for kids from And Next Comes L

Easter color matching & oral motor sensory activity for kids from And Next Comes L

The original goal was to get the foam eggs onto the matching bunny shapes, but since the eggs were a bit sporadic and tricky to control, we settled with beside or as close to the bunny as possible.

Easter color matching & oral motor sensory activity for kids from And Next Comes L

Easter color matching & oral motor sensory activity for kids from And Next Comes L

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