Tired of always having to make your own games for focusing on the Vestibular or Proprioception systems?
Ever wanted to be able to grab a game that is ready to go?
Need the convenience & portability of games that come in boxes or that your clients (or you as a family) can purchase off the shelf?
We’ve done the searching and the sourcing for you, and you may want to get the lot!
Sturdy Birdy is a balancing game, unlike any other game you’ve ever seen.
Sturdy Birdy challenges children on a physical level while developing gross motor, core strength, balance and coordination.
Players need to roll the dice which will tell you where on the body you have to balance the “birdseed” and for how long. If that is too easy, you can add another another level of difficulty where ‘distractions’ are introduced.
It is recommended for 5yrs+ and 2 to 4 players.
Simply toss the plush cube, whichever coloured side faces up – and choose the matching colour card. Then perform the task or activity shown.
The activities are spread out across 6 categories: Emotions (eg make a sleepy face), Body Parts (eg pinch your nose), Animal noises (eg quack like a duck BUT you could add in that they also have to do animal walks at the same time), Colours (eg find something blue BUT they have to jump or hop to collect to touch the item), Counting (eg stomp 6 times) and Actions (eg give a high five).
Roll and Play is a favourite with younger children, but you could easily add or preface cards with more difficult actions, movements or mimes to adapt the game for older children. I love that the cards are stored in a pocket on the dice itself – so practical and convenient.
It is recommended for 18mth+ and for 2 or more players. Even a large group (or 2 teams) could easily play this game.
Follow the Big Foot is a cooperative game focusing on team work and gross motor skills.
Players have to work collaboratively to place the “feet” creating a path to get themselves to where the BIG FOOT has been placed (or hidden). No two games are the same, as each time a dice is rolled to determine what type of course is taken, and another dice is rolled (optional) to add obstacles or distractions to make it more difficult.
The course could involve walking normally, jumping with two feet together, jumping legs spread then legs together, hopping, jumping with feet together facing forwards then to the side, jumping with frog feet.
Obstacles/Distractions could be: Hurricane: holding hands with your team, Bees: swatting bees away, Night: freeze, Tree Trunk: jump over it one by one, Willow Tree: the path must go all the way around it, Waterfall: the path must get to the waterfall before continuing
For up to 5 players (or, you can have 2 groups of 2 racing against each other).
There are loads of ways this game could be tailored to suit specific needs or to use this game as a supplement to other equipment (or vice versa). A fabulous and fun way to focus on gross motor, coordination, vestibular and proprioception.
Yoga Spinner is a game that incorporates the flexibility and balance of yoga, and can help develop the vestibular system and the proprioception system at the same time.
Give the spinner a whirl and perform the pose on the corresponding yoga pose card, and if you can hold the pose for 10 seconds, you keep the card (and the first person to collect a card of each colour wins). There are so many ways to adapt this game to cater to differing group sizes or longer/shorter time frames.
We love that the 54 yoga pose cards are kept inside the game when not in use – perfect resource to have with you if you’re a casual teacher, or mobile therapist.
Want to get your child doing all sorts of “walks” and movements but run out of ideas? All the thinking is done for you with this brilliant game, Sloth in a Hurry.
Choose a “who” card (eg penguin), choose a “what” card (eg having hiccups) and spin the spinner (eg in slow motion) so the player would have to be a penguin with the hiccups in slow motion!
This is such a fun game, with so many variations. It can easily be used in a one-to-one session or with a whole class of students. It would also be a great transition game, where one scenario is what everyone does as they move from one task to the next. This game is defined for 5yrs+ but could easily work well with capable 3 or 4 year olds.
Now this one is a really cute game that has young children moving either solo or in pairs. the idea is to act out 5 of the action cards to fill the spots on the tree. The game is a beginner game where players work together, and there is no winner or loser. We love the “banana” factor – where players have to balance the banana or use the banana as a prop. This game is best suited for preschool age children.
Blindfold Twister is an interesting and quite a challenging take on an old favourite. Each “spot” has a raised tactile shape that can be felt using the hands or bare feet.
Spin the spinner to find out which hand/foot (left or right) needs to go on which spot. Find the spot “by feel” then coordinate the careful placement of the correct hand or foot all while maintaining balance. An absolute workout for both the vestibular and proprioception systems!
Using a blindfold really raises the bar when it comes to getting a sense of where your body is in space.
This is really only suited for up to 4 players. For children with poor proprioception and balance, it could also be used effectively as a solo activity during therapy (or at home) or perhaps in pairs. We have also found that with some children we needed to introduce the game first without the blindfold and build up to that.
Monkey Blocks is a stacking/building game using weighted blocks. Discernment is required to “feel” where the weight is and work out how to best place a block in order to successfully create a shape. It is quite difficult to find “weighted” games such as this, which can help develop sensitivity to pressure (weight). The game itself is a solo activity, and is well suited to one-to-one, individual play or therapy. It can also be used in a small group, perhaps during group time in a classroom where students take turns.
If you know of other packaged games that are fabulous for vestibular or proprioception we would LOVE to hear from you.
Hope you enjoyed this post and found it helpful.