Recently, we wrote a post about the vestibular system – what is it, why is it important to child development, and what can you do to support it in your child? The vestibular system has to do with balance and movement. This important sense is one of the foundations for healthy sensory processing allows us to maintain our balance and to experience gravitational security: confidence that we can maintain a position without falling. It allows us to move smoothly and efficiently. What better way to help kids develop their vestibular systems than by getting them up and moving with some of these great toys!
1 – Spooner Board – This fun toy provides all kinds of amazing movement input. Kids can spin, twist, slide, wobble, and more – and it even works in the snow!
2 – Sit N Spin – This is an oldie but a goody – the Sit N Spin allows kids to get great movement input at their own pace – they control how fast or slow the toy spins!
3 – Trampoline – The simplest way to give kids a great vestibular workout? JUMPING!
4 – Whirl and Twirl – Little ones can hold on to the large kid-friendly handle and swing or spin to their heart’s content! Great for vestibular development AND an awesome upper body strengthening activity!
5 – Swivel Car – Kids power this fun ride-on toy themselves, by swiveling the steering wheel back and forth. Fast or slow, inside or outside – kids will get the benefit of back and forth as well as forward movement with this toy. And they claim that the wheels are quiet and won’t scratch wood floors!
6 – Moon Shoes – These are described as “mini trampolines for your feet”, it doesn’t get much better than that! Again, jumping provides excellent vestibular input, allowing little ones to get a better sense of their bodies in space.
7 – Rody – Rody is a tried and true favorite and another way to provide that great jumping input!
8 – Scooter Board – These are awesome…one of our most-used therapy tools at school. Scooters are so versatile and can allow for so many types of vestibular input – spinning, moving forward, moving backward, moving sideways – take your pick!
9 – Wobble Deck – This toy is amazing for targeting a whole slew of skills at once. The electronic board calls out numbers, colors, and sounds and the player has to shift his weight to touch the corresponding part of the board to the ground. With different settings to accommodate ability level and to target different skills (speed, memory, free play), the Wobble Deck is an awesome vestibular and cognitive workout!
10 – Foam Pogo Jumper (not pictured) – Last, but not least, this toy is great for all ages (including you mom and dad!) and can be used indoors or outdoors for a great movement workout!