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!
Over the past several weeks, many of us have faced the challenge of transitioning from direct in-person therapy sessions to virtual therapy or distance learning formats. No doubt about it, this has been a tough learning curve for most of us. But there have been a few tools that we’ve created that have made the job a lot easier (and more fun)!
Our occupational and physical therapy home program activities are the perfect place to start if you’re looking for fun ideas to incorporate into your kids’ routines at home. And if you work with families who may not have access to anything but the most basic supplies and materials, these easy activities (no fancy supplies needed) will be right up your alley.
Digital Interactive Games for Kids
But our favorite new tool that we’ve come up with has been our set of digital movement games for kids. This set of movement games is still a work in progress as we continue to add more games to it each week. The games are an awesome way to target core strength, coordination, balance, and more in an imaginative “choose your own adventure” format. Kids read the introduction and then begin their movement adventure by choosing and clicking on a navigation button to take them to their first movement encounter.
With so many themes to choose from, these digital games appeal to a variety of ages and interests (pirates, outer space, farm, around the town). And each time they play, the game will be different based on which navigation buttons they choose!
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The files are simple PDFs, so there’s no need to download an app or sign up for a membership at a different site to use them. The games are perfect for using during virtual therapy sessions via screen share and are a great way to get kids engaged in practicing different skills and movements by making them part of a story. There are 5 themes (in addition to the free bug-themed game offered above): Outer Space Adventure, A Walk in the Park, Around the Town, Pirate’s Adventure, and Happy Day Farm.
Each game ends in a reward after the child complete a certain number of pages, and they can keep track on the clickable checklist that shows icons representing the different movement activities.
We’ve found these games to be extremely successful treatment activities during one-on-one sessions as well as with small groups of children during our play groups.
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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