Looking for a toy to work on bilateral coordination to add to your gift giving this holiday season? Today we are covering ways to build bilateral coordination skills using toys and everyday items. We also have another giveaway to share today. This time it’s a fine motor toy that promotes a variety of sills, bilateral integration being one of them. I wanted to highlight this as a toy for building bilateral coordination because as we know, promoting this skill is a valuable building block to other tasks such as handwriting, cutting with scissors, self-care tasks, and more.
Bilateral Coordination in Play
Working on bilateral coordination in play is a means and a strategy for building this essential skill. So, why is bilateral coordination so important? ANd what exactly does bilateral coordination mean?
Bilateral Coordination Toys
We’ve shared quite a few bilateral coordination toys and DIY activities here on this site in the past.
A bilateral coordination lacing plate is a DIY toy and activity that can be used to work on coordinated use of both hands with a variety of themes.
Using puzzles and games that you already have with an extra special addition can be a great way to work on bilateral coordination with puzzles.
Play dough and sensory doughs are fun ways to play while working on skills like bilateral coordination and other motor skills.
Stickers are an easy way to work on bilateral coordination and can be used in the classroom, clinic, or home and in combination with obstacle courses and other motor activities.
Pegboards (both DIY and store-bought versions), are a fantastic way to work on bilateral coordination in play and in developing visual motor skills and coordination.
DIY pick-up sticks are a fun way to address bilateral integration and coordinated use of both hands together.
Making DIY lacing cards are a fun way to work on bilateral coordination. Making the lacing cards is part of the fun.
Miniature rhythm sticks can be a musical and creative way to encourage bilateral coordination.
Lock and keys games like with this DIY lock and key activity makes fine motor development an out of the box way to work on skills kids need for independence and instrumental activities of daily living.
Bilateral Coordination Toy
Want to take bilateral coordination development a step further? The Kids Educational & Fun Interactive Buckle Plush Toy with Hook and Loop Straps is one such means. This play toy is a strategy to encourage development of fine motor skills, problem solving, color matching, coordination, and more. This stuffed play buddy is a toy that promotes development of many skills, bilateral coordination being one of them.
Using toys that double as quiet time activities, busy bags, or travel toys…all while working on skills is what makes toys like the buckle plush toy a therapist-approved toy. Octi’s bright colors, shapes, straps, and zipper pouch will provide countless hours of recognition activities, brain building games and development puzzles. Your little one will stay busy counting the number of straps, connecting them together, pulling them apart, and starting over again. Kids can hide small items and treasures in the zip pouch, then unzip it later and get excited over their discovery!
More Bilateral coordination activities
Some of the smartest and most creative folks I know are the readers of The OT Toolbox. I asked readers to tell me sensory strategies they personally love and use to address sensory modulation. Scroll through the comments…you might just find some new sensory strategies that will work for you! Hopefully we can learn from one another!