Using a scooter board is great for strengthening both the arms and the trunk / core. The scooter board is fun on it’s own. Providing kids with a purpose and motivation to move the scooter board from one place to another is engaging.
A scooter board is one of the best toys for sensory integration and vestibular input, perfect for kids who have sensory issues.
Often, when a child does not have good internal organisation, they are clumsy, uncoordinated or have poor awareness of their body position in space (proprioception). Sometimes their reflexes are slow, therapeutic exercise can really help.
When muscles are strong and the body has good alignment, external cues are registered better and faster.
You can help your child improve their skills with something as simple as a Scooter board. Scooter boards can be used to improve strength, coordination, and reflexes.
The paddles allow children to learn new ways to manoeuvre. Helps to develop upper body strength and co-ordination skills. For crossing the midline activities use only one paddle, much like rowing a boat. Heavy duty PVC with easy to grip foam handles and non-marking rubber tips.
Size: 25mm diameter, 275mm long
Child can use 1 or 2 paddles
There are a number of positions to use on a scooter board, on the tummy (prone), sitting, kneeling and on the back.
8 Fun Scooter Board activities
- Scooter Bowling – Set up bowling pins at one end of the room, and have the child ride the scooter board down to knock them over.
- Puzzles – Have the puzzle pieces at one end of the room, and the puzzle board at the other, use the scooter board to get each puzzle piece.
- Toss Bag Scooter – Have toss bags at one end or hidden around, then have different buckets for either colours or numbers the child can go back and forth matching them up and putting them in the correct buckets.
- Scooter board Shop – put items around the room or house, then give child a shopping list they have to collect all items on the shopping list and put them in a basket.
- Scooter roping – tie a rope to different ends of the room and have the child lay on their back and manoeuvre themselves from one end to the other.
- Obstacle course – use scooter boards in an obstacle course or scoot around obstacles.
- Scooter ping pong – Place cups around the room, and give the child ping pong balls that they have to place in the cups.
- Scooter path – Place a path of tape along the floor going around things, under tables and have your child follow the path.
• Upper extremity strengthening
• Core strengthening
• Sensory-motor — proprioception and vestibular
• Motor planning
• Visual perceptual – visual scanning