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Sledding--Outdoors or Inside


Sledding--Outdoors or Inside

[30 Minutes]

Are you both stuck in the house and bored? Here is a simple activity to try that might keep your child amused for at least a half hour!

You'll need:

• empty flat carton (that soda cans come in) • rope • scissors • index cards • pen or thin marker

What to do:

  1. Help your child to recreate a sled from an empty soda carton to which you attach a rope handle. Use the scissors to poke a hole for the rope.
  2. Pull her in the "sled". If the floor surface makes sleds too heavy to pull, invite her to become a "delivery person" by preparing index cards with words such as: "deliver six rectangular blocks to the kitchen table."
  3. Use pictures with words for non-readers.

How to use:

When she sits on this "sled", and someone else begins to pull very suddenly, she is likely to fall backwards. Remember to pull gently, and to lean forward on the "sled". Or, use this activity as a "delivery truck" instead. She may like to pull stuffed animals or dolls around the house.

Let's Talk: Ideas to Explore Together.

  • Why is this vehicle called a sled instead of a car? What's the difference?
  • Would it be easier to carry 30 blocks in your hands, or on the sled? Why?

Useful information:

While you are having fun together, this activity helps your child develop large muscle skills, balance and following directions.

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