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Body Awareness Activities for Stronger Proprioception and Learning Development
This article provides helpful information for children who need body awareness activities to build proprioception and gross motor development. Integrated Learning Strategies (ILS) is a learning and academic center. As a reminder, ILS is not a health care provider and none of our materials or services provide a diagnosis or treatment of a specific condition or learning challenge you may see in your child or student. If you seek a diagnosis or treatment for your child or student, please contact a trained professional who can provide an evaluation of the child.
Children that struggle with body awareness can have difficulty with simple tasks as they move within their environment. When your child has trouble with balance, coordination, avoids physical activity, moves awkwardly, has trouble with personal boundaries, hugs too tightly and prefers small spaces, they may not have full body awareness.
If a child has difficulty with body awareness in the classroom, it can be hard for them to sit still in their chair, pay attention to the teacher, and stay focused during circle time.
Body Awareness Activities
To improve your child’s body awareness, you can enhance their motor skills and learning development with body awareness activities. Here are a few to try at home with your child.
Body Awareness Exercises
Upper Body & Lower Body
|Put your left hand on your right toe.||Clap your hands twice.|
|Put your left hand on your left toe.||Put your elbows together.|
|Touch your heels.||Touch your eyes.|
|Put your feet together.||Touch one elbow.|
|Put your knees together.||Touch two elbows.|
|Touch your right knee with your left hand.||Draw a square in the air.|
|Touch your left knee with your right hand.||Clap one time.|
|Touch one knee and one foot.||Clasp your hands behind your neck.|
|Put your right hand on your left knee.||Touch one shoulder.|
|Put your left hand on your right knee.||Place your palms together.|
|Put your right hand on your left hip.||Put your hands on your head.|
|Put your left hand on your right hip.||Put your hands on your head.|
|Put your feet apart.||Touch your nose.|
|Touch your toes with your arms crossed.||Touch your nose with one hand, your knee with the other.|
|Put both hands on hips.||Cross your arms in front of your chest.|
|Put your head to the floor.||Put your nose to the window.|
|Touch your wrist to your ankle.||Touch your wrist to your neck.|
|Touch your knees to a chair.||Touch your fingers to a book.|
|Touch your thumbs to your toes.||Nod your head.|
|Bend your knees.||Shrug your shoulders.|
|Stamp your feet.||Open your mouth.|
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