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Playdate Activities

Skills worked on: turn taking, listening, following simple directions, gross motor skills, peer interaction, generalization of receptive instructions
Materials required: a stereo with child's favorite music, balloon, egg timer
· Therapist turns on the music and or throws the balloon in the air and or turns on the timer for 1 minute
· Therapist tells all the players to run around the room demonstrating simple actions such as clapping, waving, hoping, etc.
· When the music stops, the balloon touches the floor or the timer goes off then all players need to freeze like a statue
· Continue game again by following the above steps

Spoon Race
Skills worked on: turn taking, following simple directions, fine motor skills
Materials required: a spoon for each player, a plastic egg or a golf ball for each player, a marked starting and finishing line
· Give each player a spoon and place the plastic egg/golf ball on the spoon
· Tell all players that when the signal "Ready Set Go" is said that they are suppose to race to the finish line holding the spoon
· If the egg/golf ball falls off the spoon the player must stop place the egg back on the spoon and continue to the finish line
· Winner is the first player to make it to the finish line

Skills worked on: turn taking, gross motor, attention and cooperation
Materials required: parachute, beach ball or plastic food
Parachute activities are great to use for cooperative play. Children can take turns to lift and run under it before it falls, bounce beach ball or play "salad" by tossing plastic fruits and vegetables on it.

Memory Game
Skills worked on: turn taking, cognitive memory recall, writing, generalization of expressive labels
Materials required: a tray, a tea towel or a small blanket that can be placed over top of the tray, egg timer, several known objects to the child (e.g. pencil, crayon, coins, small book, etc.), a piece of paper and pencil for each player
· Therapist places all objects on the tray
· Therapist holds up each object one at a time and tells all players what the objects are
· Therapist gives all players 1 minute to look at the objects on the tray
· Therapist then covers up the objects with the tea towel or blanket
· Therapist sets a timer for 1 minute then tells all players to write down as many objects as they can remember
· Winner is the person who has the most correct objects on their list

Hula Hoops Game
Ask all children to stand in the line. Put one hula hoop at each end of the line. Put a pile of plastic food or any other items into the hula hoop at the beginning of the line. Children have to pass all the items from one hula hoop at the beginning to the other one at the end. Now, the FUN part - children can use anything but their hands to pass the items.

Shoe Game
Spread little plastic cards or coins all over the room. Ask children to take one shoe off and put their shoes in line. Start playing by turning on a fun music and having children to pick up the cards or coins and put them in their own shoes (ones that are in line). You will have your children running around in one shoe picking up the cards or coins one at a time (they can't have two or more cards in their hands at once). Stop the music when almost all the card or coins are picked up and have children to empty their shoes and count all the cards or coins they got.

Red Light, Green Light
Choose someone to be the "signal" and ask other children to line up. When the "signal" says: "green light", everybody can run forward. When the "signal" says: "red light", everybody has to freeze until the "green light". Whoever moves has to go back and start over. Whoever reaches the "signal" first is the winner.

You will need a chair for each child. If you have 5 children playing, then have 5 chairs and put them in line across the room. Ask children to dance around the chairs while playing their favorite song. When you stop the music each child must stop in front of the closest to him/her chair and put one piece of clothing on that chair. It helps to put more clothing on children before starting the game (socks, hat, mittens, scarf, etc.) Repeat several times until there are little piles of clothing on each chair. The trick is that each time you stop the music children stop in front or different chairs, so they will have their clothes laying around everywhere and not only on one chair. Suddenly ring the bell meaning "fire emergency". All the "firefighters" have to find their own clothes and get dressed as soon as possible.

Pass the Package
Prepare a package in advance by wrapping a small toy or candy in pieces of paper. Do not use too much tape or it will be difficult for children to undo the package. Ask you children to sit in circle and tell them that you receive a package but have no idea who is it for. Children need to pass the package to each other by unwrapping only one piece of paper. Whoever unwraps the last piece of paper gets to keep what's inside (make sure to reinforce other children for playing and sharing).

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