You may wonder what the picture on the left is all about! We have just completed a series of training courses for seasonal summer staff and this game was certainly worth sharing.
Equipment: 2 newspapers and 2 reels of tape
Aim: To win a race
Instructions: Divide the group into two teams and provide each team with a newspaper and reel of tape. Tape the sheets of the paper into a long line and then tape each end of the line together. This creates a caterpillar track (similar to a track on an army tank).
Everyone in the team gets inside the caterpillar track and walks (slowly) feeding the track around them. The first team to get to a finish point wins the race. If the paper breaks they cannot continue until the tea have re-taped the paper. It’s lots of fun and the whole team need to work together.
We have provided instructions for other games ideas below – take a look…
NEWS – DATE FOR YOUR DIARY
If you work in a school and are within travelling distance of Milton Keynes, keep the 14th November free. We are holding our first ever Inclusion Conference and there are limited places. This conference has been requested by customers and by those teaching staff who heard Wendy speak at the National Autism Shows London & Birmingham.
Beyond the Theory – Dealing with Reality 14th November
Supporting Autism in the Classroom for Primary Schools
The day will include Key Note Participative Talk
Supporting Autism in the Classroom – beyond the theory, dealing with reality
Practical workshops include:
Sensory Processing and Integration Difficulties – lessening the impact on behaviour
Making a difference by using the child’s own learning style
Supporting Transition helping the child to deal with change
The Play Doctors SEN Resources will be for sale at 20% discount
Research states that currently 1:68 children may be on the autism spectrum. Schools are facing situations where children may or may not have a diagnosis, but yet need more support in the classroom and during school life.
Take a day out of your busy schedule to focus on what really matters. We are not going to give you theory, but use over 30 years of experience to provide real, practical and meaningful ideas and strategies. These can be taken back and used on a daily basis to support those on the autism spectrum and those with other social communication difficulties
This Professional Development and Training Day is led by Wendy Usher author of 13 award winning books for the sector, acclaimed national speaker and previous government consultant on inclusion in play.
Only 20 places available BOOK NOW
call 01908 263033 or email email@example.com to book your place
Venue: Milton Keynes Play Association 2 Burners Lane, Kiln Farm, Milton Keynes MK11 3HB
Change and Transition Slides Autism Shows 2017 Wendy recently spoke at the National Autism Shows on Transition & Change. For those who requested them please find a link above for the slides.
The new Milton Keynes Play Association Training Calendar is now out, look for courses delivered by The Play Doctors.
We are happy to deliver training in your own venue. There are over 50 training courses to choose from and prices start from as little as £12.50 per person (for 20 attending). Take a look, and please feel free to contact Wendy to discuss any specific training you require.
Our summer special offer: Transition Kit
We all find things hard when they change. During the summer there are lots of changes from the regular school day to the holidays. Children are also facing a new academic year perhaps with a change of class, or even a change of school.
We have put together a range of resources to help support and plan towards transition.
The normal combined individual selling price for these items is over £98.00
Useful information and interesting articles
We love this particular article – 6 Low Cost Ways to Create a Sensory Chair by Andrew M.I. Lee – Understood – take a look, brilliant ideas more….
Each month we try to find links to articles we feel would be useful. This month we have been sent links to a series of links that take a look at children’s wellness.
We also feel that it is ESSENTIAL to consider your own health as a adult. We came across this article by Teachwire about sacrificing your own mental health when caring for others. more……
New Children and Families Minister is Robert Goodwill. Read about his appointment more…..
Ofsted publishes statistics on childcare providers and inspection outcomes as at 31st March 2017 more…
The Social Mobility Commission publishes a report which finds that two decades of government efforts to improve social mobility have failed to deliver enough progress in reducing the gap between Britain’s ‘haves and have nots’ more…
Elastic Cup Stack
This game of stacking cups of cones takes a slightly different approach as the cups are lifted by using an elastic band.
Equipment – plastic or paper cups (make them robust), elastic bands, string.
- attach lengths of string to the elastic band
- Lay out the cups randomly on the ground or table
- players pull on the string to stretch the elastic and place over cup
- pick up cup and move to create a stack
- Time the activity and the team with the most stacked cups is the winner
Simply get the group to stand in a circle and all hold hands. Loop a hoola hoop over one person’s arm and the aim of the game is to get the hoola hoop all the way around the ring without letting go of hands.
Another simple game is untying the human knot. Stand in a ring, each person holds the hand of someone opposite them so all participants are holding hands. The aim is to untangle the human knot until everyone is standing in a circle holding hands. Not as easy as it looks!
Another simple game for a group of children (or adults) is Fire in the Pit
(at least this is what we call it). Get the group into a ring and all hold hands. In the centre of the ring (the firepit) place a piece of paper that represents the fire. The aim is that the group pull and push and if someone steps on the ‘fire’ they are out out of the game. They leave and the game continues with individuals leaving until there are just two people left. The winner is the one who has never stepped on the fire.
Play does not need to be complicated and does not require expensive equipment. Offer ideas, but allow children to make their own decisions on how they wish to play. Our favourite resource is a cardboard box and I finish this newsletter with a couple of pictures of how children, adults and even the toys get involved in cardboard play!