Letting off steam
All children need ways to move and act physically which can help avoid a build-up of energy or frustration. Here are some ideas for experiences that will provide children with opportunities for letting off steam safely and enjoyably:
- Wet sponges to throw against an outdoor wall or fence.
- Small paint covered sponges for use on large sheets of paper on the floor or an outdoor wall.
- Small plant spray bottles or shampoo bottles filled with water for squirting.
- Large cushions for squashing, jumping, punching and kicking. It can be very satisfying for children if you hold the cushion up and let them run at it!
- Old magazines or newspapers for tearing or ripping.
- Wet towels to twist and squeeze.
- Digging in the garden or sand.
- Large thick cotton rope for playing tug of war.
- Fly swats for hitting a wall.
- Containers for pouring water.
- A hose to spray.
- Skittles or a pile of cardboard boxes to knock down.
- An old sheet to hang on a line to run through.
- Playdough and clay.
- Giant rollers full of water to roll across the outdoor space.
The Understanding Childhood website has some useful information.