Our Occupational Therapists and clients have LOVED this simple pumpkin balloon activity because it can address so many different skills. In the clinic, we are working on the astronaut protocol by completing over/under and side to side passes. The astronaut protocol was developed by Mary Kawar and targets vestibular, ocular motor and visual systems for children.
All you need is orange balloons and a black Sharpie marker. Have your child help you blow up the balloon and then draw a pumpkin face on the balloon.
For younger children, try letting the balloon go a few times before tying it. It's so much fun to see it glide around the room. You can practice saying "go" "stop" and talking about where the balloon landed.
For older children, try playing balloon volleyball. These activities target your child's ability to focus visually as well as grade their movements. They need to hit the balloon just right (not too hard or soft) to continue to play the game. Balloon volleyball is also a great way to practice turn taking skills.
Balloon Racket ball
Another fun activity is to have your child practice hitting the balloon with a racket. You could have them try to do it while balancing on one foot for an extra challenge.