Here at Ladywood, we engage with Sensory Circuits in all types of different lessons & we thought it would be nice to share an example of how this can be done at home!
Sensory Circuits are intended to support sensory processing and also to prepare for engagement with learning/adult led activities. Participation in a short sensory motor circuit prepares children to engage effectively with the day ahead. Sometime we see clues such as fidgeting, poor concentration, excessive physical contact and this tells us that a child is finding it difficult to concentrate and connect with the learning process.
Sensory circuits follow a simple structure of three parts:
These activities can include: bouncing, skipping, jumping/step ups, or safetly spinning.
These activities can include: Funny walks (animal walks/walking on all fours) Egg and spoon walk, Throw and catch whilst balancing on one leg, Infinity walk (walking in and out 2 chairs in the figure of 8 – challenge yourself by doing this with your eyes closed) Stand inside a hula-hoop on the floor- spin without leaving the hoop – stand still and press hands on head, Army crawling.
These activities can include: Press ups on a wall (count to ten & repeat three times) Push ups on a chair ( sit on a chair hands at either side and raise body slightly) Firm massage on shoulders, arms feet, shoulders, hands and back.
Class 1F are learning all about the story ‘Handa’s surprise’ & Olivia has shown us how we could learn the story and use these moves to identify the animals and begin to retell the key events!
Maybe you could watch the Handa Story & try the sensory circuit at home?
Please adapt the movements to the space and resources you have available at home & remember that this kind of activity requires adult guidance to assist the child to transition into/carry out each movement.
Have fun & be careful.
Stay safe & See you soon
The sensory Team
Ashley & Joanne