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This fun activity is a favorite for fall! What kid doesn’t like trying to fill mom and dad’s shoes? And they will reap the benefits of strengthening, heavy work, proprioception, motor planning and balance!

A young girl doing the boot-.scoot-shuffle exercise

Skill Areas Addressed (See Glossary):

  • Balance
  • Strength
  • Sensory integration
  • Proprioception
  • Motor control

What You Will Need:  

  • Pair of adult size boots

What To Do:   

Find some boots that are bigger than what your children would actually wear. Let them roam in the yard and encourage them to shuffle their feet to make designs in the fallen leaves. Can they make a pumpkin? How about a lightning bolt? Keep in mind that this activity is difficult for little legs in big boots, and encourage their patience.  

How To Change It Up:

  • No leaves? Use pine needles, sand, grass clippings, hay, etc.
  • Create piles of leaves and ask them to shuffle through them for more resistance. Or, even trickier, step over them like hurdles!
  • Change from the big boots to appropriate-sized shoes for your child. Ask them how it feels different. Is it easier? Harder?

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