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Gross Motor Activities

Scooter board Rainbow Game

Therapy Corner:

This activity is so much fun! It is colorful, happy and can be adapted to meet sooo many OT goals!

The use of a scooter board is great to work on skills such as bilateral coordination. The reciprocal movement that children do with their feet in sitting or with their hands in prone (on the tummy) to maneuver the scooter works on bilateral coordination of the upper and lower extremities. Furthermore, using a scooter board helps strengthen core muscles. In prone, children work on strengthening their lower back muscles and neck extension muscles. While in sitting, the abdominal muscles are being used (especially when I asked children to hold their arms above their head).

This rainbow activity requires minimal cutting skills. Children simply have to cut along a straight line. For younger children I ask them to cut one sheet at a time. However for older children, I stack all colors of construction paper for this activity and ask them to cut out a strip. This strengthens hands and also requires more advanced bilateral coordination skills (holding all the sheets and still cutting along a straight line)

You Will Need:

  • Scooter board
  • Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue and Violet Construction Paper
  • Scissors
  • Stapler

The Activity:

Ask children to cut along a straight line for each of the colored construction paper to make 1.5 inch wide strips.

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Then have children cut each colored strip to be shorter than the previous color in the following order: Red is the longest, then orange, followed by yellow, green, blue and the shortest one will be violet.

Spread out all the colored strips in the room (make sure to place them in random order)

In prone on the scooter: ask children to use arms only in a reciprocal manner  to maneuver the scooter to get one strip at a time from longest to shortest. Make sure that your child places the strip of paper on the scooter before bringing it to you, that way he can still use both hands to move the scooter.

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In sitting on the scooter: ask children to move feet with reciprocal leg movements to pick up one strip at a time from longest to shortest. Make sure that when your child brings back the strip, that he holds it above his head (to tilt the pelvis correctly and activate abdominal muscles)

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Once all strips are gathered and that your child has arranged them in descending order,

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put all strips together, line up the edges.

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Then staple all edges together on both sides. This will make a rainbow!!!!

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Categories
Gross Motor Activities

Skeleton Hands Scoop

You Will Need:

  • Skeleton Hands (I got these at Target , they are for serving salad!)
  • Koosh Balls
  • Scooter board
  • Container (I use a Halloween basket)

I love using the scooter board for various activities, especially if I see children at home where equipment is not available. For this activity, my goal was to work on bilateral coordination skills (both upper and lower extremities)

I begin by laying out koosh balls at one end of the room, and place the “target” basket at the other end. I ask children to sit on the scooter and pick up a koosh ball using the skeleton hands. Once they pick it up they must hold on to the koosh ball without dropping it and “walk” while sitting on the scooter across the room and into the basket.

Important things to keep in Mind:

  1. Look for quality of movement and execution.
  2. Picking up a ball using the skeleton hands will work on upper extremity coordination.
  3. Ask your child to stay sitting on the scooter and walk across the room, with reciprocal leg movements. This works on lower extremity coordination. Do not allow your child to advance the scooter board by scooting.
  4. Also very important, make sure your child holds the skeleton hands overhead. This ensures that if your child lacks core strength to complete this activity smoothly, (i.e. they slouch) the raising of the arms will provide what we call an anterior pelvic tilt and eliminate slouching so that we are strengthening the correct muscles!
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Gross Motor Activities Visual Perceptual Activities

Scooter Make and Break

You will need:

The Activity:

I love finding activities that combine more than one therapeutic goals. When working on core strength I often use a scooter board and combine it with a fine motor or perceptual activity.

Get your child to lay on the scooter on his tummy. Make sure that the edge of the scooter reaches the middle of his chest. Place a selected card at one end of the room and place the colored blocks at the other end of the room.

Start your child on the scooter where the card was placed. Have your child look at the card carefully, then using only his hands reciprocally to propel the scooter, retrieve one block at a time and go back to the starting place to build the figure from the card. Only allow your child to get off the scooter and sit to build the figure if he becomes tired from the scooter.

This position on the scooter called prone positioning helps a child build core muscles of his back and neck along with shoulder, arm and hand strength while the reciprocal arm movement to propel the scooter works on your child’s coordination.

Make and Break is a wonderful game to work on important visual perceptual skills (more specifically visual spatial skills). These are important skills for handwriting.