· Transitions: Each kiddo gets to choose two chips before lunch. We do the chosen activities and then they get up in their seats. We also use them before baths and leaving the house.
· If/Then Positive Reinforcement: “If you put on your shoes before the timer goes off, then we can do two wiggle chips”
· Sensory Breaks: When the kids start acting up, it’s often because they need a sensory break – a chance to move and reunite their minds with their bodies. This also applies when we are doing homework or practicing academic skills. Sitting still and staying focused is hard for most young kids, but providing frequent, short breaks can help a lot.
In addition to these benefits, the activities in the Wiggle Box are designed to help develop fine and gross motor skills, balance, coordination and even a healthy spirit of competition and team work. Below are a few examples of the activities and the skills they develop.
· Balance on one foot while tapping your nose five times, once with each finger, then switch feet and hands – balance, counting, fine motor (and team work if one child counts while the other does the activity)
· Wheel barrow around the couch – gross motor, balance, team work
· Hold each finger up one at a time while giving each a funny name – fine motor (and silly creativity)
· Crab crawl from one end of the room to the other – gross motor, flexibility, and potential competition
· Skip count to ten while doing jumping jacks – counting skills and gross motor
· Make up a handshake with a partner, do it ten times, then try to do it with your eyes closed – cooperation, gross motor, spatial awareness, creativity
If you would like to order the Wiggle Box you can find it at this link. However, you can make your own wiggle activity by printing a list I've created (see the downloadable file to the right of this page), and placing them in any container (Note: the activities on this list are of my own making and not copied from the Wiggle Box). Let the kids decorate the box as a way of introducing this new resource to your home. I hope this comes in handy, and if so please leave a comment about how you have found it useful.