Grab a skein of yarn and put on your thinking cap. What could you do with this simple item within your sessions to get students motivated and working toward their goals? Think outside of the box and don’t be afraid to try something different. Even if it doesn’t work perfectly the first time, you can tweak it again to make it work next time around.
Move around with a yarn obstacle course
Find a hallway or long area of a room to make a yarn maze. Older children may enjoy this if you call it a laser maze. Twist the yarn and connect it around the wall at different heights and locations to make it a challenge for different age kids to use. This should be done ahead of time because it will take a while to secure so it will not pop off once the kids are moving around within it. When you begin with younger children, have them talk their way around it. Use descriptive words to explain how you need to move your body through the yarn. For an added twist, if they touch the yarn when they move through it, have a required penalty. For those working on articulation, do something with that skill, or whatever the individuals need practice with. As kids get more comfortable, older students may enjoy trying it with a blindfold on. Pair up with another person and they will use their words to help their partner through with only words.
Yarn mystery trail
It’s always fun to follow a trail that moves all around in different directions. You can use yarn to make a yarn trail moving all around your room from point A to B. To make this activity more fun, tie notes onto the yarn trail as it maneuvers around. Put a question, practice skill, or something silly and fun for the kids to act out. While wandering around the yarn trail, ask questions about their travel. Have they moved left or right, do older children know if it was north, south, east, or west? At the final destination, have a fun final activity for the entire group to do together. For smaller spaces, make a web on a giant table top that allows them to do the same thing. This will work on descriptive skills and fine motor movement at the same time.
The best part of either of these is you will be able to send home instructions to all multilingual families on how to try this at home for more fun practice. If you have extra yarn, send home a small ball to help them to get started in the interactive fun.
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