Balance Game for Children With Sensory Processing Disorder or Just for Fun!
Every child needs to learn the art of balance. Whether your child has sensory or motor planning issues, physical disabilities, or is typical, learning to balance is a key piece of development.
I want to share this idea I got from a post I saw on Pinterest. The idea is to make a spiderweb puzzle your child can walk on. It’s supposed to be fun and a challenge to all of our kids!
I recognized this balancing game as a perfect game for helping sensory issues like sensory processing disorder and sensory integration disorder and vestibular issues. And for any kid, it’s a perfect game for gloomy and damp weather.
I’m not incredibly creative, and if something takes too much prep time, let’s face it, I’m not gonna do it.
This is how I made my Balancing Game for Sensory Processing Disorder:
I always have painters tape around, I think that’s the one thing you can’t skimp on, because it doesn’t damage your floor. I made a pattern that was just like the food pyramid which we all know is a triangle. I then broke it up into squares. To make it fun, and a little easier, I took Halloween cookie cutters and put them in the squares.
This helped for round one, because cookie cutters have handles.
You can use anything, toy cars, blocks, whatever you have around. I placed bean bags in strategic locations, on the lines, throughout the pyramid.
We decided that everywhere there were no lines was the ocean. You can call those areas whatever you want; my child happens to be obsessed with ships, so we made those areas the ocean.
Each child has to balance carefully as they walk on the tape lines. When they reach a bean bag they walk over it without toppling, and as they reach a cookie cutter they need to lean over and pick it up without falling into the “ocean.”
To make it harder for an older child or to add a degree of difficulty, when he bends to pick up a cookie cutter, make him do it on one leg! Now that makes it fun!
And, because he’s an only, mommy took a turn too. Isaiah placed everything as strategically as he could, so he could laugh as mommy fell in the ocean!
Development areas addressed: Strengthening the vestibular system, which accounts for balance.
Encouragement to step heel to toe, and not walk on tip toes.
Gross motor skills as we walk and bend.
Fine motor skills as we bend over and pick up objects.
Let us know if you try this game with your kid! We’d love to know how it goes.
She is the author and creator of JenKehl.com, Homeschooling My Way, and Beyond Blog Design. She has been published on BlogHer, BonBon Break, Scary Mommy, Mamapedia and several other parenting websites. Her work is included in the best-selling anthology The Mother of All Meltdowns, When she’s not writing about parenting special needs, 70s music and keeping the man from poisoning our kids, she’s watching Laverne & Shirley with headphones on to block out the kid with the missing volume control button.
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