Writing on the Back


One of the most popular games with my children was to write on the child’s back, and have them tell me what I wrote.

It starts really simple, like writing an “A” or an “O”. Then I’d draw some symbols like a plus sign, a box, a triangle, or even a tree.

Then more challenging was writing a word or a phrase.

This is really fun, sensing what someone is writing on your back. It could be your arm or leg, too. But we used the back.

We would reverse roles, too. And I would guess what they were writing.

Perhaps it’s the direct contact, or the unusual sensations – but it was very satisfying.

In fact, they kept asking for more.

A final variation was just to make movements on their back, like: a snake (one finger drawing randomly), or rain (all 10 fingertips pulsing), or a bear hug (palms massaging), or wind (wisps of fingertips flicking).

Perhaps you would like to write something on your child’s back, or have them write on yours. Or just write with your finger onto your opposite arm the words “I am happy,” and see how it feels. I’m quite sure your body will read it, too.

Date Recorded: 
Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Date Posted: 
Tuesday, January 23, 2018
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