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What If The Hokey-Pokey is What it's All About?

by Heather Logan | Oct 10, 2017
Written By: Bobbie E., Clinical Director, A is for Apple, Inc.

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In these times, there are infinite sources of information. There is Facebook, Twitter, Church messages assembled with individual letters on marquees providing food for thought, and there are still good ole’  t-shirts, and bumper stickers. The other day I read a T-shirt that said “Go with your gut”. It was a t-shirt from a health-food store.

I cannot precisely remember where I first read the thought, “What if the hokey-pokey is what it’s all about?”. But this thought returned as I considered how to convey the importance of providing experiences that include all the senses, that are fun, involve play and movement, and are socially engaging for yourself, your children, and your family.

YOU PUT YOUR LEFT HAND IN:​

What is your child doing? What are their interests? What are you doing? What are your interests? How can you join in with your child’s interests while having fun and becoming a child again? Keep Halloween alive by—Playing dress up, acting out being mad, sad, sleepy, eating, dancing, singing, rolling on the floor. Put out fires, play doctor, cook food…Pretend to be various animals that your child likes.


YOU PUT YOUR RIGHT HAND OUT​:

How can you expand their interests? If they like lining things up, maybe you could draw lines on a large piece of paper and place their favorite objects on the lines. Maybe you could have them lay on the paper and draw an outline of their body? Then you could lay down on the same paper and have them or another family member assist while they draw a line around your body. You could drive their favorite vehicles on the outline of your body as if it were a highway or a train track. You could cut out pictures of favorite foods, or colors, or facial expressions and glue them to the corresponding place on the body, or not. This is art, there is no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’.

YOU PUT YOUR LEFT FOOT IN AND SHAKE IT ALL ABOUT:​

Include gross motor physical movement in their day and in your day…Put on music and have a dance party, do yoga-- take a minute for child’s pose or warrior pose, take a hike, or go to the San Jose Rose Garden and pick up the rose petals on the ground. You could lie on the lawn and blow bubbles up into the sky.

YOU DO THE HOKEY-POKEY AND TURN YOURSELF AROUND, THAT'S WHAT IT'S ALL ABOUT:​

The point of these simple exercises is to emphasize the value of simple ‘fun’ that most of us need to make time for, even though fun social interactions are the ‘glue’ that bonds human relationships and that everyone enjoys, most especially children.

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