Check out our top 10 toys for vestibular play! Perfect for kids who are always on the move!
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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!
Top 10 Toys for Vestibular Play
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 – Swurfer – Little ones can hold on tight and swing to their heart’s content – but this swing is different! It’s more like a skateboard! Great for vestibular development AND an awesome upper body strengthening activity!
5 – Wiggle Car – Kids power this fun ride-on toy themselves, by swiveling 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.
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 Board – This is amazing for targeting a whole slew of skills at once. Try standing on the board (with supervision and support) and balancing it in the center. Or try rocking side to side or back and forth. You can also use this board in a plank position to challenge balance and strength!
10 – Foam Pogo Jumper – 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!
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It seems so expensive to have the opportunity to give or children these because of the cost. Do you know of any affordable resources to getting vestibular toys and activities?
One frugal way my sensory-seeking daughter gets vestibular input is the playground – so many opportunities to swing, spin and slide…all for free!
Barbara Powers says
I would like to purchase the handwriting book. Is it not available? I received an email from you and the link wouldn’t work. I came to your website and it doesn’t work from here either.
You hare wonderful modalities.
I wish you would promote the handwriting book more, because — as Dr. Montessori said — you can’t read if you can’t write. Of course, sensory is vital which helps with left/right integration.Your handwriting book will hopefully give sensory input.
Barbara Powers, M. Ed.
Phoenix, AZ 85257