R is for Roughhousing Sensory Play…
I always feel like I am buying sensory toys that my child never wants to use. Ironically, the thing that helps my kiddo the most doesn’t cost a dime, and that is roughhousing. There are two things that my son loves, Power Rangers and roughhousing. So when we need to take a sensory break one of our favorite things to do is play Red Ranger Sensory Play, also known as roughhousing. After a few minutes of playing, our little guy that was on the verge of a meltdown will be transformed into a happy boy.
When we take a moment to roughhouse, it provides my son with proprioceptive and vestibular input. The pushing, pulling, and swinging allows my son to get the extra stimulation in his muscles and joints and helps him gain balance. I love the fact that this type of sensory play gives my son the type of input he needs while also teaching him the appropriate force to use when playing so not to hurt anyone. We have one rule and that is any roughhousing is done with mom or dad only. If his sister wants to play, that’s fine, but they are to target the adult and not each other because as we all know, sensory kiddos can sometimes not know their own strength.
So how do you turn everyday roughhousing into Red Ranger Sensory Play? Well, it’s pretty simple. Here’s what you need:
At least 2 players
Ranger Mega Saber (optional but sure does make it more fun)
Costume (optional, especially if your little one doesn’t like to wear costumes)
And a creative imagination (or knowledge of Power Rangers)
Of course there are a lot of other toys that you can bring into your sensory play, so if you have them, use them. We also have the mega blaster that we like to use sometimes. Once we gather our toys, we let the fun begin. Either my husband or I play the “bad” guy while our son plays Troy, the Red Ranger. He then gets the chance to swing at us, push us, pull on us and try to take the bad guy down. I never thought that I would know so much about Power Rangers or that I would so often play the “game.” However, it offers many great benefits for my son and the best part is that he is fulfilling part of his sensory diet and doesn’t even realize it.
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