Ever wonder why children love getting dizzy, swinging, or playing ‘Ring around the Rose’? Because it makes their vestibular system feel good! The vestibular system helps our bodies know where they are in relation to our world around us. For example, it helps us know if we are leaning forward, falling, or just standing still. The best place for your child to enhance their vestibular skills is the playground! Below are some toys that are great for enhancing your child’s vestibular development. What better way to help develop their vestibular systems than playing with fun toys!
1. Spooner Board
This is a balance board. This can help improve skills such as core strength and stability,
balance, coordination, and gross motor skills. Kids can do so many activities on this
board: stand, sit, rock, slide, and more!
2. Sit N Spin
This is a toy where children are in complete control! They are encouraged to spin, even
as fast as they can! This strengthens their upper body, but also allows them to have
movement input at their own speed.
The simplest way for a child to get a vestibular workout is through jumping! There are so
many things that children can do with a trampoline.
4. Swivel Cars
Swivel cars are a great resource for getting your child to use the natural forces, such as
gravity, to further explore spatial awareness. Kids get the feeling of back and forth
movements, as well as forward movements.
5. Moon Shoes
Like stated before, jumping is a great exercise for a child to help with their vestibular
development. These moon shoes are like mini trampolines for their feet!
Rody is an inflatable toy that helps your child with their balance and coordination. This toy
can include rocking, jumping, and playing in all sorts of directions.
7. Scooter Board
Scooter boards are so versatile and involve lots of vestibular movement! These movements can include moving forward, backward, and sideways. These boards are great tools for spinning, as well. The scooter board also comes with handles, which helps create more balance and stability.
8. Wobble Desk
This electronic toy is great for targeting many skills at once! It promotes vestibular balance, but also helps with your child’s cognitive skills. This toy has multi-level balance games. The board calls out numbers, colors, and sounds and the player has to shift their weight to touch the corresponding part of the board to the ground. This helps with their speech, memory, and free play skills!
9. Foam Pogo Stick
This toy is great for all ages, including the parents. Not only does this help your child with
vestibular movement, it can also be used for math skills and spelling words. You can
use chalk to draw numbers or letters on the ground. Then you can have your child add or subtract
numbers by jumping to them, or have them spell words by jumping to each letter.
10. Platform Swing
This swing is perfect for socialization! Because this swing is larger, it can fit more than
one child. This type of swing is versatile in that you can switch out the type of platform that they sit on. You can have a flat board or spider webbing or netting. This always for sensory input as well.
Do you have questions about your child’s vestibular development and occupational therapy?
Contact Chicago Occupational Therapy or call (773) 980-0300 to learn more about our services for children, including applied behavior analysis (ABA) therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy.