Flexible Thinking Obstacle Course

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Flexible Thinking Obstacle Course

Flexibility can be taught in many different ways and it’s a skill that can and should be practiced daily. After discussing what we mean when we tell a child to “be flexible,” it’s great to role play, model and find activities to discretely practice flexibility. A fun way to practice flexibility is through an obstacle course. Set up a few fun activities like a trampoline, a tunnel, pile of blocks and a stack of pillows. Tell your child, “jump on the trampoline 10 times” and before they get to 10, say “never mind! I meant to say go through the tunnel 10 times!” Make it fun and praise your child for “being flexible” when they transition to a different activity. Keep going through the obstacle course, but limit how many tasks actually get completed before you say “never mind that one…!”  A few of my kids love to “be the teacher” and provide feedback on my own flexibility when we play these type of games. How flexible are we moving from one task to another with limited notice? Practicing and shaping appropriate responses to spontaneous task demands is such an important skill!

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