Whether or not winter brings you snow, it's the perfect time to get kids using big muscles and moving outside! And, what better way than to play like an Alaskan Husky—a true animal superhero. All you need is a sled or cookie sheet, some rope and a reusable shopping bag or backpack, and you'll inspire hours of hard working, super satisfying play!
Bonus: Read books about the famous sled dog, Balto or watch a quick PBS Kids show about Balto. Enjoy picture books like Dogteam by Gary Paulsen to learn more about how sled dogs work in teams and persist through remarkable challenges. Or learn about Matthew Henson who, with the help of powerful sled dogs, was one of the first explorers to reach the North Pole.
Alternative: Poke a few holes in a strong cardboard box and thread rope through it to make an easy sled for dry terrain.
See it: Watch a 15-second how-to IG reel by Tinkergarten Leader, Emmaline Rosenthal.
Moving heavy objects is gratifying work that gives immediate, positive sensory and emotional feedback.What could be more real and satisfying to a small human than working hard and moving a large object?!
Such physical accomplishments not only build self esteem in kids, they also help them developing their gross motor skills and stimulate their proprioceptive systems. When the proprioceptive system is activated, kids are better able to focus.
Finally, the very act of hauling objects about, moving them from place to place activates the transporting schema—one of a set of universal behavior patterns recognized to help both brain and body develop through play.
We hope you enjoy continuing to play and work hard like huskies until we see you again next time!