Promote balance and eye-legs coordination, and motor planning by jumping between pillows/steppingstones and knocking down blocks/water bottles along your route.
Place steppingstones along a path.
Place cardboard blocks to the left and to the right side of each steppingstone.
Ask the child to stand on the first steppingstone and use the right leg to kick the cardboard block on the right side and the left leg to kick the cardboard block on the left side.
Next, instruct the child to jump to the next steppingstone and repeat the previous step.
The child will continue jumping to the ext steppingstones ad knocking down the cardboard block until the end of the path.
Don’t have steppingstones? Use pillows instead (this also increases the challenge for your child’s balance).
Don’t have cardboard blocks? Use water bottles instead (empty for an easier challenge, and filled with water or rice/beans/sand for more challenge and increase the proprioceptive input) or use empty shoe boxes, paper rolls, paper cups, or plastic containers.
- The challenge can be graded by placing the blocks further away (see the 2nd video below)
- Ask the child to frog jump from one steppingstone to the other, then stand back up, and kick the block.