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Posts in category “Heavy Work” & Proprioception

Barrels

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Fiber barrels are hard to find these days but they are a real treasure for motor challenges.  I used to have a great big one, so I fit inside and could demonstrate some of the more challenging moves to the folks I worked with.  Those demos gave my hips a big workout and when I […]

Scooter Boards

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If there was only one piece of equipment I was allowed to keep, it would be my scooter board.  Built by my husband 28 years ago, it’s still solid as a rock and works beautifully. Countless number of children have gotten stronger, mastered critical motor skills and had fun on my scooter. Riding a scooter […]

Jumping Rope

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It amazes me that almost every girl in my second grade class (probably 20) waited in line to jump rope during recess.  On a good day we may have had three turns during that precious thirty minute break.  There was no adult telling us to do this.  It’s just what we did. We didn’t do […]

Bike Riding for Preschool and Beyond

Bike Riding for Preschool and Beyond

I have a sister five years older than me and in my formative years I spent most of my time trying to “catch up” to her. That may be why I learned to ride a two wheeler at three years of age.  Having safe sidewalks and uncluttered days to practice at my leisure surely helped […]

Bike Riding Basics for Babies and Tod...

Bike Riding Basics for Babies and Toddlers

OK, so a baby isn’t going to mount a two wheeler…not even a trike.  But there are many activities that engage little ones so they’re all set to go once they get big enough to straddle a ride toy! I highlight bicycle riding not because it is a favorite of mine (which it is) but […]

Fidget Toys

Fidget Toys

One of my favorites is the “squeeze toy” pictured above. It allows the child to squeeze when turned into a ball and this stimulates proprioceptors, which you may recall, help inhibit unecessary stimulation in the brain.  In essence, it provides calming stimulation.  When the ball is turned inside out it becomes this “spiky” thing that provides tactile […]

Scooters and Plungers

Scooters and Plungers

It is always fun to see the reaction of children when I pull out a plunger to play with.  Even at a very young age, children acquire a sense of place – and plungers belong in the toilet, certainly not in the gross motor room.  After I assure them that the plunger I use has […]

Crab Walking

Crab Walking

Some people say I’m lucky because I never had to spend a lot of money on a “professional wardrobe.”  If I had to give one reason why I couldn’t indulge myself in stylish skirts and dresses I’d sum it up in two words:  “Crab Walking.”  As a “go to” activity for trunk strengthening and improving […]

Stamps for Power

Stamps for Power

I am a big fan of finding the least expensive way to approach a task.  I always love a bargain.  Purchasing stamps, I make an exception and don’t compromise.  Wooden stamps have an incredible number of fine and visual motor benefits, but if using the less expensive, small plastic stamps, the hand strengthening benefits are […]

Tubes to Make the Arms, Wrists and Ha...

Tubes to Make the Arms, Wrists and Hands Strong

This is an inexpensive toy that children love. I love this toy too! Each Christmas our family was invited to a wonderful party.  As the years passed, our friends’ children grew up and started having children of their own.  Lots of them.  I wanted to bring gifts for all the grandchildren.  I purchased red and […]

Blanket Roll-Ups: Fun for Trunk Rotat...

Blanket Roll-Ups: Fun for Trunk Rotation Strength and Organization

  I work with children of all shapes, sizes and areas of difficulty.  “Blanket Roll-Ups” is an activity all children love!  It is simple and requires nothing more than a favorite blanket, a carpeted floor (or mat) and a caregiver’s strong arms. Benefits: This activity taps into all sensory areas so it is a hugely […]

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