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In the lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer, it’s time to revel in the sensorial pleasure of the season, especially if you’ve started to drag a little with the heat. It’s such a natural dip that we might not realize the importance to the developing mind of the little child. Our brain receives most of its early input through the senses. The wonderful tactile sense teaches a child what something feels like that looks squishy (like a cloud or a dollop of whipped cream). The ability to use the body is a reflection of how well the brain is processing information, and we can help our children process information by working actively with their bodies. So in the summertime, play with some of these really great games.

• Get out a can of shaving cram and spray it all over all of you in the back yard, then hop in the sprinkler when you’re through playing. If you want to make art, add glitter, sand, food coloring, or glue to the shaving cream before you smear it on a big piece of paper.

• Fill a tub with ice cubes, lay a piece of string on the ice, and watch what happens when you sprinkle some rock salt across the top. Put ice chips and some powdered tempera on a big sheet of art paper and watch what happens.

• Punch a row of holes from the bottom to the top of a 2-liter soda bottle, either vertically or in a spiral, and fill the bottle with water. Figure out why that happens.

• Float rubber or foam letters on water and use small fishnets (like for an aquarium) to spell words.

• Make funnels out of the tops of plastic containers. Put sand or water or tiny stones through them. Use shampoo or detergent bottles as squirters.

• Use lengths of plastic pipe, whole or cut in half lengthwise to use as canals and ramps for rolling marbles, balls, blocks, and small cars.

• Make cookie dough, yeast dough, or finger paints. (We have some great recipes for finger paint, play dough, and silly putty.) Clean up afterwards in the sprinkler.

• Establish a daily routine of physical activity. Do it with your child. If sports or games don’t seem to work very well, try non-competitive activities like horseback riding, swimming, or swinging at the park.

• Develop proprioceptive skills, which tell the child where his body is in space, important for math and reading. Play row the boat where you two sit apart facing each other, touch feet and grab hands, and slowly rock together. Jump, climb, wrestle, carry heavy stuff, and play tug of war.

• Lay on the floor and read or play games to facilitate head and trunk control.