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Psychomotor therapy during home lockdown: ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

By Maëlle ALLANORE, Julie CHAGNEAU, Lucile NEVEUX, Antoine ROGER MOELLI, Christelle SBASNIK (psychomotor specialists)


Here are some activities for you to do during home lockdown. You can easily implement them throughout the day. The goal is to stay engaged and to have fun. You will then discover that without knowing it you already do a lot of things related to psychomotricity.

I – GLOBAL MOTOR SKILLS

A) Daily life

- Motor activities in the living-room: use pillows, chairs… anything handy.

- The gym teacher: do a gym class with the children, taking your turn for the sports coach

- Dance battle: 2 teams, each one engages in a dance competition, clap your hands to encourage the teams. https://www.youtube.com/watch? v=3kLMwoJLaFc

- Sport-o-graph game: create a circuit training game https://www.pinterest.co.uk/pin/540783867759271301/

- Pillow fight: 10 minutes, who is the strongest?

B) Going further


- Yoga for children https://wyqualitycounts.org/animal-yoga-for-kids/

- Ball toss: write numbers on emptied good cans and throw balls at them, or small little bags filled up with rice

- Escape game: https://ultimatescavengerhunts.com/2020/02/24/make-your-own-escape-room/

- Secret agent party: create a maze in a corridor with some strings attached to the walls with Blu Tack. The goal is to go through the maze without touching the strings.

II – FINE MOTOR SKILLS

A) Daily life

- Play assistant-chef: peel vegetables, stir some preparations.



- Make your own bread: you can change your bread shape every day (baguette, ball, snake…) https://www.cookingwithmykids.co.uk/breads-and-loaves/




- Hang dry clothes: use clothespins and hang clothes on a clothes drying rack

- Sort and fold clothes: put socks together, group clothes by type.

- Do it yourself: participate in simple and non-dangerous handiwork projects

B) Going further

- Prepare your own salt dough: https://theimaginationtree.com/salt-dough-handprints/?cuid=2a6a98a67985f51c0c82f9dc0a924b6c

- Prepare your own paint: 2 cups of flour, 1/2 cup of salt, ¼ cup of sugar, 2 cups of water (to be added slowly)

- Racing clothespins: each player has 6 clothespins or more, the goal is to clip them together as fast as possible.

- Practicing the skill ‘over and underneath’: with the supervision of an adult use string or ribbon and pass it over and underneath the cooktop grate.

- Marble race: create a track with obstacles and take turns moving the marble using your finger



- Origamis https://www.easypeasyandfun.com/easy-origami-for-kids/

- Shadow theatre https://m.wikihow.com/Make-Shadow-Puppets

- Mandalas https://www.skiptomylou.org/mandala/

- Puppet show

III – SPACIAL ORGANISATION

A) Daily life

- Orientation race: Ask your child to move around the different rooms of the house. Go to the living room… Go to the bedroom… Go to the kitchen…

- On Top/Underneath: While sorting clean clothes use the terms “on top” and “underneath” e.g.: put the sweaters on top of the pants …

B) Going further

- Puzzles and embedding : website

- Kaplas : website follow the 2D instructions or 3D




- Pixel Art : website: http://www.forkids.land/pixel-art-pictures/ and online: https://www.pixilart.com/draw

- Symmetrical drawing: http://123kidsfun.com/draw-the-other-side/

- Battleship game http://www.mathematicshed.com/uploads/1/2/5/7/12572836/battleships.pdf

- Copy/Paste: reproduce models with markers

KEY POINTS:

SET UP A VISUAL PLANNING FOR THE DAY

STUCTURE THE DIFFERENT SPACES IN THE HOUSE

ALTERNATE FUN ACTIVITIES AND WORK

Translated by Muriel Beaudier Castille

48 Boulevard Serurier, 75019  Paris France

©2020 by Dr. Benjamin Landman. Child Psychiatry, Robert Debre Hospital - Paris