Another weekend found me at a fall festival. The weather was perfect—that wonderful combination of warm sun with cool hovering just beneath. The smell of straw was in the air. Ahh….
This event had a few activities new to me such as pumpkin slingshot. Yes, it’s as thrilling as it sounds.
They had a huge stack of straw with giant drainage pipes set up as slides. I was a little scared at first, but once you’re down, you feel invigorated. And I certainly wasn’t going to walk back down the straw with all those little kids taking the slide plunge.
But what was really fabulous was the 20’ x 20’ cornbox. Literally a giant sandbox filled with a 6” depth of feed corn. How cool! How tidy!
I’ve used both rice and sand bins in therapy, but switching to feed corn, even if just for the season, seems like a great plan to me. The kernels are large, so they’re easier to clean up and there’s a different weight and feel when you submerge a foot or hand. I found it to be less “tickly” than sand can sometimes be and also a more comfortable temperature (sand seems to retain a too hot or too cold feel especially when it’s outside and depending on the season).
If you haven’t used a bean/rice or sandbox before you’re in for a treat! Here are just a few ideas to get you started:
- Language activities: Work on progressive verbs by pouring, scooping and dumping. Address prepositions as you place corn in or out of a bucket or hide objects under the corn. Elicit early language as you put in corn, put in more or dump out.
- Articulation: Hide target appropriate objects or flashcards in the bin. Step inside the box—literally—and find them with your toes!
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