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Finding Balance Together: Activities for Parents and Children to Promote Relaxation

Updated: Jul 27, 2023

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In a world where our children are increasingly exposed to screens, busy schedules, and high-pressure environments, it's more important than ever to help them find moments of relaxation and mindfulness. One way to achieve this is through proprioceptive activities that promote body awareness, balance, and focus. By engaging in these activities together, parents and children can strengthen their bond while fostering physical and emotional well-being.

What is Proprioception?

Proprioception, often referred to as the sixth sense, is the awareness of one's body position and movement in space. This sense is crucial for maintaining balance, coordinating movement, and avoiding injury. Proprioceptive feedback, the continuous flow of information between muscles, tendons, joints, and the brain, helps regulate this awareness and plays a vital role in managing stress and promoting relaxation.

Benefits of Proprioceptive Activities for Children

Proprioceptive activities can offer numerous benefits for children, including:

  1. Improved body awareness and coordination

  2. Enhanced focus and concentration

  3. Reduced stress and anxiety

  4. Strengthened emotional regulation

  5. Boosted self-confidence and self-esteem

  6. Development of a stronger parent-child bond

Proprioceptive Activities for Parents and Children

Here are some proprioceptive activities parents can do with their children to help them relax, improve body awareness, and strengthen their emotional well-being:

  1. Yoga and Stretching: Practicing yoga together can improve flexibility, balance, and proprioceptive awareness. Start with simple poses, like the tree pose, downward-facing dog, or child's pose, and encourage deep breathing and mindfulness.

  2. Joint Compression Exercises: Gently compress and release your child's joints, moving from the fingers and wrists to the shoulders, and then from the toes and ankles to the hips. This soothing activity can provide deep pressure input and promote relaxation.

  3. Weighted Blanket Time: Snuggle under a weighted blanket while reading or watching a movie together. The deep pressure from the blanket can help calm the nervous system and provide a sense of security.

  4. Balancing Games: Engage in fun balancing games, such as standing on one foot, walking along a straight line, or using a balance board. These activities help develop proprioceptive awareness and concentration.

  5. Play-Doh or Clay: Encourage your child to manipulate play-doh or clay, pressing, rolling, and shaping it to create various forms. This tactile activity can help build hand strength and provide proprioceptive input.

  6. Wheelbarrow Walks: Hold your child's ankles while they walk on their hands. This activity strengthens the upper body and provides proprioceptive input through the arms and shoulders.

  7. Obstacle Courses: Create an obstacle course with pillows, cushions, and furniture, allowing your child to crawl, climb, and roll through the course. This can enhance body awareness, motor planning, and coordination.

  8. Deep Pressure Hugs: Share a firm, reassuring hug, which can help calm the nervous system and provide a sense of security.

  9. Tug-of-War: Using a rope or a towel, engage in a friendly tug-of-war game. This activity can help build strength, coordination, and provide proprioceptive input.

  10. Slow Motion Movements: Encourage your child to perform everyday activities in slow motion, such as walking, lifting, or reaching. This practice can help improve focus, concentration, and body awareness.

homemade play dough recipe


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 cup salt

  • 2 tablespoons cream of tartar

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

  • 2 cups water

  • Food coloring (optional)


  1. In a large saucepan, mix the flour, salt, and cream of tartar until well combined.

  2. Add the vegetable oil and water to the saucepan and stir until everything is well mixed.

  3. Place the saucepan over medium heat and cook the mixture, stirring constantly, until it forms a ball of dough (about 5-10 minutes).

  4. Remove the saucepan from heat and let the dough cool for a few minutes.

  5. Knead the dough on a flat surface until it becomes smooth.

  6. If you want to add food coloring, divide the dough into smaller portions and add a few drops of food coloring to each portion, kneading until the color is evenly distributed.

  7. Store the play dough in an airtight container or a resealable plastic bag.

And there you have it, a simple recipe for homemade play dough that you can customize with your favorite colors and scents. Enjoy!


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