Balloon Volleyball

Balloon Volleyball is such a simple game to play that is fun for young and old. It can be played standing up or sitting down, although when sitting down, someone will need to retrieve the balloon when it is out reach. I don’t think I need to say this, but will, just in case. The balloon needs to be blown up by lung power, no helium, or the balloon will fly away. Some settings do not allow latex balloons, so {Read More}

Hammock swing for strengthening

A hammock swing is wonderful for strengthening in many different ways.  My favorite position in a hammock swing is prone with just the head and arms sticking out.  This position forces weight bearing on the arms, and works on full upper body strengthening as well as core strengthening. I usually place things around under the hammock, but just out of reach so that the client has to pull themselves along to reach the toys.  It is great to encourage movement, {Read More}

Using Sidewalk Chalk and Squirt Guns for Fine Motor

Playing with sidewalk chalk can work on and use a lot of different skills during therapy, and is a good activity. Using short pieces of chalk forces the fingers to use a tripod grasp, by using the index, second finger, and thumb. Writing on the sidewalk is also good for range of motion because the client has to get down to the ground to write. If you don’t want to write on the ground, you can write on the walls {Read More}

Scooter Board Fishing

When Scooter board fishing, your hands are the paddles and you have to move your boat around the ocean to catch all of the fish. The fish can be anything that you can put on the floor for the fisherman to collect. I used paper fish that I laminated with a paper clip as the metal mouth. Then I used a magnet on a string as the fishing pole. You could also just collect the fish around the room without {Read More}

Superman catch

Scooterboards are great strengthening tools, as are doing supermans. Supermans are an exercise position where you lay on your stomach, put your arms out in front of you and then lift your legs straight up off of the mat, and lift your arms and upper chest off of the mat. This works your core muscles because they all have to be tight in order to hold the position. In scooterboard superman catch, you lay on your stomach on a scooterboard {Read More}