Sometimes, you come across a play activity that provides many skill areas and is just plain old fun. These indoor ice skates proprioception and vestibular activity is one of those. Last year, we shared a bunch of winter sensory integration activities. This is on of those movement sensory ideas (that we’re just getting around to sharing this year!) Grab the calendar and all of the sensory ways to play this winter.
We played indoors one day and worked on proprioceptive input, vestibular input, crossing midline, visual scanning, motor planning, among other therapy areas, all with play.
Add these resources to the ones you can find here under sensory diet vestibular activities to meet the sensory needs of all kids.
Indoor Ice Skating Activity for Kids
This is an activity that I remember doing as a kid. When the weather is too cold or icy to get outdoors, adding any vestibular or proprioception input can be just what the child with sensory needs craves.
Indoor Proprioception Sensory Activity for Kids
Use empty tissue boxes to create ice skate “boots”. Incorporate proprioceptive input by using a blanket and pull your child around a carpeted area. Ask them to squat down to a skater’s ready position as you pull them, too.
Try skating with the tissue boxes as an adult pulls the child along with a blanket or towel. Play tug of war with the blanket, too.
Indoor Vestibular Sensory Activity for Kids
A child can work on vestibular input by skating fast from one target to another. Encourage them to position themselves in different ways as they skate around a carpeted room.
This activity works on crossing midline as the child “skis”. Sometimes you might see children with vestibular difficulties who have difficulty determining proper motor planning in activities. They might have trouble crossing midline in functional tasks as well as difficulties with reading and writing.
A movement activity that challenges the body’s position in space like this one can help with these problem areas.
This post is part of our January Calendar activities where we’re sharing prorpioceptive and vestibular activities for each day. See all of the posts here.