One example that we did this week was a game with balls and bins. Tyler enjoys throwing balls, throwing balls into containers, running, and carrying big balls around, so connecting these made sense. It's a great game for inside on a rainy day or of course can brought outside as well.
I set-up a two large bins (a laundry basket and a crate) on opposite ends of the room, one full of balls. These were our steps, which I demonstrated a couple times first::
Take one ball at a time out of the bin while yelling "ball! or "ball out!"
Run with the ball to the other bin
Throw the "ball in!".
Give me a high-five (we added this the next time we played)
Run back for another ball
When that bin was full, Ty created his own step of climbing into the crate and throwing the balls out from there. I went with it. I then ran to place each ball in the opposite bin.
We then started over again.
He enjoyed this so much that even after about twenty minutes, when he was clearly tired, he wanted to keep it going. It's now a game that he initiates by himself, setting up the bins and balls and remembering the motions and words.
Another game we created (which I don't have photos for unfortunately) was setting up a bin of balls, a step stool and a large container (I used a crate). Tyler would:
- Grab a ball from the bin
- Step up onto the stool
- Throw the ball in the container
- Jump off the step stool
- Repeat until balls were all in the container (then refill first bin and start over)
If you have limited materials/toys or have a little one who needs a good challenge, this is an easy way to keep you sane and your wallet a bit more full! Adding more steps is also great for learning to follow directions and of course strengthening memory.