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Psychomotor therapy during home lockdown: PRESCHOOL/KINDERGARTEN

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


Here are some guidelines for you to have 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 in link with psychomotricity.

I – GLOBAL MOTOR SKILLS

A ) Daily life


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

- P.E. teacher: take turns with the kids and become a coach.

- Target games: ask the kids to throw an object inside a box from further and further away.

- Dancing

- Playing hide and seek

- Ball games: sitting, standing up, 2 players or more…

B) Going further


- yoga for children

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

- balance game: using tape on the floor, mark some lines and have your child walk on them forward and backward, do it on tippy toes too.

- treasure hunt: create an atmosphere and have the kids look for a hidden treasure in the house

https://www.pinterest.co.uk/pin/827888343980544886/

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

II – FINE MOTOR SKILLS

A) Daily life


- Cooking: break eggs, add ingredients and stir…

https://www.cookingwithmykids.co.uk/breads-and-loaves/

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

- Do it yourself: have your child participate little things around the house

- Transferring: have different recipients and have your child transfer rice or water or beans… from one to another


B) Going further

- Prepare your own salt dough

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

- Prepare your own playdough

https://pratibhaacademy.wordpress.com/2018/07/17/clay-modelling-ideas-for-kids/

- Prepare your own paint: 2 cups of flour, 1/2 cup of salt, ¼ sugar, 2 cups of water

- Catch me if you can: lay different flat small objects on the table or on the floor, use tweezers or cooking tongs and try to pick them up.



- Sorting: Sort small objects by shapes or colors

- Elastics: using small soft hair bands of different colors, sort them by color and slip them on your fingers, on a bottle…



- 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.

- creative bucket: in a dish put some flour and trace letters or numbers that someone will guess.

- small balls: Draw on a piece of paper, then tear some catalog pages into little pieces, roll them up and glue them onto your drawing filling it up.


III – SPATIAL ORGANISATION

A) Daily life


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

- On top / Underneath: While sorting clean clothes use the terms on top and underneath ex : put the sweater underneath the T-shirt…

B) Going further


- Puzzles and embedding

- Kapla: follow the 2D instructions or 3D (kapla.com)

- Lego: just like Kapla replicate the models from the website (lego.com)


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