These digital interactive games for kids are the perfect way to get kids engaged with gross motor skills like core strength, balance, coordination and more!
One of the things we love most about teachers and pediatric therapists is our ability to adapt and modify our approach no matter what situation is thrown at us.
There has been no better test of our problem-solving skills than the transition to virtual therapy, distance learning, home programs, and/or hybrid learning over the past year. Therapists and teachers around the world have had to quickly create new resources, adapt lessons, and completely overhaul their service delivery to meet the needs of their students and clients in a totally new and unfamiliar way. Especially challenging has been creating super easy activities for families who may only have access to the most basic supplies and materials.
While there have been many challenges, we’ve seen so many professionals in our field rise to the occasion and innovate to provide the best possible services to their kids given these uncertain circumstances.
We’ve been very busy here at The Inspired Treehouse trying to keep up with the demand of therapists and teachers who are desperate for virtual resources that will keep their kids active and engaged during learning and therapy sessions. One of the best ways we’ve found to do this is by using our Interactive Movement Games.
What is an Interactive Movement Game?
Our Interactive Movement Games are downloadable PDFs that are the perfect addition to your teletherapy tools and distance learning resources. We have also used these games in person with the kids in our developmental play groups – and they’re a huge hit!
Each of the movement games is based on a different theme (e.g. Outer Space, Pirates, Beach) and guides kids through a series of movement-based adventures using colorful pictures and interactive elements. Kids respond so positively to the stories because they’re in charge of choosing what will happen next! Once they complete a certain number of movement activities, they can click on the button that takes them to the reward page.
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What Skills Are Addressed In the Interactive Movement Games?
The interactive games address a wide range of skills including:
-Upper body strength
How to Use Interactive Movement Games for Teletherapy or Virtual Learning Sessions
These games are great for movement breaks during distance learning sessions and ideal for therapists who are practicing via telehealth.
Most often, we pull up the file on our computer and screen share it with our clients, moving through the game as they choose which images they want us to click on. Alternatively, you can send the PDF to the client and have them play the game while sharing their screen or they can play the game with a parent at home as part of a home program.
The best part of our interactive games is that you don’t need any fancy programs, logins, apps, or memberships to use them. You don’t even need Powerpoint or Google Slides, which are often very glitchy with interactive activities and games. If you can open a PDF on your computer, you can use these games right away without any extra hassle!
Transition to In-Person Sessions
And the best part? Once we’re able to return to in-person group settings with kids, these games will still be useful and relevant. We plan to use them with our play groups at The Treehouse simply by opening them on an iPad or computer and having kids take turns with choosing the navigation buttons. They would be an awesome movement warm up/movement break during circle time or during other times of the day when kids need to get up and move!
Would you use these digital games in your classroom or therapy practice? Leave us a comment below and let us know!
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