Therapy through Play: 5 Activity Tips Using Cardboard Blocks

January 30, 2013 at 12:23 pm 3 comments

A wonderful way to encourage kids to build key developmental skills is with toys! Guest blogger and mom of quadruplets (yes, you read that right!) Rebecca from A Beautiful Ruckus recently shared some wonderful therapy activities using our Cardboard Building Blocks. Here’s an overview of the activity tips she shared.

Using cardboard blocks in physical therapy activities

1)      Exploring

One secret to keeping toys fresh and entertaining is to rotate them in and out of play! Rebecca shares that, when the blocks are brought out for the kids to play with during physical therapy, she first allows some “exploration” time to help start the session on a positive note.

2)      Stacking

In their physical therapy sessions, Rebecca’s children are practicing stacking skills. Using blocks can help build these skills as kids can practice balancing items on top of each other (and have a little fun knocking them down!)

3)      Stepping

A wonderful way to help kids practice going up and down stairs (without any danger) is by using blocks! Blocks that are sturdy enough to stand on will help kids practice balance and focus simultaneously before they take the “leap” on a set of “real” stairs. Tip: Rebecca fills our larger red blocks with rice to weight them down, making sturdier, stackable stairs. She also has the kids “reach up, and step up” to help them practice doing two things at once.

Reaching exercise using blocks

4)      Obstacles

The process of walking around obstacles, or clearing them with feet, can be a tricky one to master. Using blocks, Rebecca sets up obstacles of different heights and widths for her children to master!

5)      Planking

Planking exercises can help kids who may struggle with their core strength. Using blocks, lift your child up and have them “step on” and “step off” the blocks using their hands. Having something bright and interesting to look at, like colorful blocks, can help make this activity a bit more interesting, too.

planking using blocks

For a full recap of the block exercises used by Rebecca and her physical therapist, read her full post here.

What toys do you use to help your child build key developmental skills? We would love to hear your original ideas and suggestions, so share with us in the comments below or join the conversation on Facebook!

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. honeyofmondorfment  |  February 5, 2013 at 5:07 pm

    I never thought of doing this!

    ~Honey

    Reply
  • 2. Penny Roach  |  January 31, 2013 at 10:43 am

    Thank you so much for sharing this Sharon. My granddaughter is only 2 months old now but I am so looking forward to having “Grammy’s House” be one that incorporates all of these wonderful ideas!

    Penny at Green Moms
    http://greenmomsandkids.wordpress.com

    Reply
  • 3. EducateWithToys  |  January 30, 2013 at 4:01 pm

    Reblogged this on Educate With Toys and commented:
    I’m sure you’ll enjoy this as much as I did!

    Reply

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