When children would like to get moving and try something different, here are some ideas to try. If you have a scooter board, the child can use it. Alternatively, you can make a scooter board with wood (+- 50 – 90 cm) and 4 swivel wheels.
If the board/plank has splinters, you can sand it down and cover it, or even cover it with a folded towel.
To get the most value out of the scooter / skateboard games, keep the following principles in mind:
- Experiment and use a variety of body positions e.g. lying on tummy, lying on back, sitting on knees, sitting with crossed legs, or standing on knees.
- Use a variety of objects to push and pull e.g. cooler, brother/sister, dolls/teddies, soft but heavy door stoppers.
- Use a variety of surfaces e.g. smooth tile floor is the easiest. Can also go on tar road, sand or grass (more difficult but good for older children). The heavier surfaces provide more resistance so children get more feedback through their bodies when they have to pull harder.
- Use different inclines e.g. it is easier to start on a straight level, then try subtle downhill and uphill inclines. Uphill is more difficult but provides more feedback🙂
- Use different ropes and things to pull on e.g. trapeze, pool noodle, rolling pin, rolled up and knotted sheet or cloth, or rope. Tie it onto something very strong and stable (e.g. pole or tree) so that the children don’t perhaps pull something over onto themselves.
- Children can try different hand positions: holding onto a rolling pin with hands next to one another, holding with one hand above another hand on pool noodle, or using alternating hands e.g by putting one hand in front of the other hand while pulling self forwards onto rope.
Above activities assist with developing tummy and back muscles that are needed for balance, and are also good for strengthening shoulder, arm and hand muscles.
It is usually lots of fun too. Enjoy!
The following videos show how the level of difficulty can be increased, and how ropes and things to experiment with, can be combined.