Summer is here and what better way to cool down and have fun than a water fight! With off-site trips cancelled for now, this is one of the favourite activities for children and staff in Maple and Oak Houses (residential homes). The rules are easy, just get your opponents as wet as possible!
There’s more to this than getting soaked in the sun. Water fights help with physiotherapy without the children realising it. For example, the action of drawing up water into a syringe encourages the use of upper limbs and both hands. And it takes eye coordination to aim at the person you want to get wet.
To make the most of the summer, we’ve taken lots of other activities outside, including the ball pit and our arts and crafts ‘glitter’ group. Children have been enjoying sensory stories out on the lawn, and our music sensory sessions too (luckily we have no close neighbours)! The young people in Jasmine House also held a Beauty and the Beast themed party in the garden.
Kind to the planet and to each other
More of us have been growing our own vegetables recently. Young people in Jasmine House are growing peas, courgettes and sunflowers too. When the produce is ready, they’ll package it up for our key workers – including our Child Support Assistants and nurses – to say thank you.