FROM BECKY: I was recently asked for easy ideas for props/themes and games to play in a Son-Rise Program playroom that don’t break the bank and are convenient for people living in areas where there isn’t easy access to the places that are easy to get funs props and matireals (e.g. dollar store, thrift store, etc).
Here are 4 ideas:
1) A cardboard box/Laundry basket! If your child likes rides, pretend it’s a spaceship. If your child likes songs, pretend it’s a boat and sing “Row Your Boat” or a bus and sing “Wheels on the bus”. If your child likes vibrations, pretend it’s a washing machine and shake him/her in it.
2) A bucket! If your child likes music, play it like a drum. If your child likes slapstick humor, put it over your head and bump into things with it. If your child likes to watch things fall, fill it with stuffed animals or packing peanuts and pretend it’s raining cats and dogs or snowing in the playroom.
3) A balloon! If your child likes anticipation, blow it up slowly, bigger…bigger…bigger and then let it go crazy flying around the room. If your child likes to be competitive, see how long you can both keep the balloon up in the air wothout using your hands If your child likes Pictures or letters, draw something on the deflated balloon so your child can see it getting bigger as you blow it up.
4) A paper towel tube. If your child likes animal noises, pretend to go around the room looking for endangered creatures with your telescope making fun sounds for him/her. If your child likes soft physical sensations, gently blow through the tube onto his/her neck or arm. If your child likes whispers, whisper gently in his ear through it.
More ideas welcome!