We have been having so much fun learning about astronauts lately (check out our favorite books), that when the month was out, we just kept going with our space exploration. Lumpy (1.5 yrs) has even started saying “bwast offffff!” No day is complete without imagining ourselves in space. Occasionally, I’ve tried to add some extra sensory input into our astronaut pretend play sessions.
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My oldest son, Loopy, has sensory processing disorder. I am constantly trying to add heavy, calming work and challenging balance tasks into our everyday life and play.
We use these indoor riverstones for all sorts of activities! (See what other toys we use in our home.) After many pretend jaunts to the moon, it finally dawned on me that it would be more fun to work on our balance in the “new gravitational environment” of the moon. Loopy was all for it!
To really set the scene, Loopy put on his favorite Astronaut Suit that we scored at a thrift store.
Lumpy was able to participate as well. The boys love going on missions together!
For some added proprioceptive input, I had Loopy traverse the moon with little dumbbells in his hands.
It doesn’t take much to spark some imaginative pretend play. Getting challenged in the sensory department is always a bonus.
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