With the Winter Olympics quickly approaching, it is time for my favorite Dinosaur Physical Therapy trademarked activity! Winter Olympics for Kids! A great way to involve children in creative and active play, incorporating a wide range of gross motor skills!
Ice Skating/Speed Skating
Using colored spots to eliminate friction from floor, and colored cones to designate pathway. Have child remove socks and speed skate their way to the Gold! You can perform skating sprints or even fun free skating routines.
While not an official Olympic sport, ice fishing is a great way to encourage crossing midline while working on hand eye coordination and trunk control! Pick up a magnetic fishing game or fun fishing puzzle and a bolster or peanut ball and fish your way to victory!
Sliding a bilibo seat across the “ice” towards a target! I use the colored cones to mark the distance traversed. Instead of a curling broom, have the child generate their own force from a strong bilateral push forward.
Using connecting scooter boards, have child lie on back and use arms only to propel forward.
Again using the connecting scooter board, now have the child lie on stomach and use arms to propel forward.
Using tactile pods to represent “mounds of snow”, have child jump side to side either in between discs or over discs. Ski poles are an optional accessory!
With minimal equipment and a whole lot of creativity, you can have fun training for and competing in your very own Winter Olympics for Kids! I think that is worthy of the gold!