The leopard crawl is a military type-specific crawl that can increase shoulder strength by using the shoulder muscles to move forward.
Place an empty bucket at one side of the room and give the child a few small size balls (tennis balls, ping pong balls, cotton balls, etc.).
Ask the child to hold one ball in each hand while on his tummy and do a leopard crawl towards the empty bucket. The route to the bucket can go under a table, inside a tunnel, under chairs, or other obstacles for grading.
When the child reaches the bucket, ask the child to put the balls in it and crawl back to the start.
For proper crawl ensure the child is advancing an arm/elbow with the diagonal knee. When an elbow is placed forward, the diagonal knee is also placed forward, and then alternated with the other elbow and knee.
For this activity, you need 2 players (adult and child or two children).
Sit or stand across from each other at a table.
Each person should hold a plastic cup in one hand.
One person rolls a marble to the other person at a slow pace.
The second person places their cup on top of the marble trapping the marble under the cup.
Then they push their cup towards the first person sending the marble rolling to them at a moderate pace.
Then the first person captures the marble and this back and forth game continues on.
This activity can be graded by using a tennis ball or a ping-pong ball instead of the marble as well as using a large round container instead of the plastic cup.
In addition, you can be rolling the ball fast or slow, follow a path when passing the ball from one another, catching the ball as it rolls off the edge of the table, or using your hands instead of cups.
Fill up a large container or a bucket with beans, rice, macaroni, sand, or birdseeds (you can mix a few media together if you wish to).
Let the child put his/her hands in the container and pour, sift or move the media from side to side.
When using bird seeds it is recommended to powder the child’s hands with some baby powder to keep the birdseeds from sticking to the palms of the hands.
Mixing small plastic shapes, plastic letters and numbers, small plastic animals and any other educationally related items in the media can be a fun way for the child to develop his/her stereognosis sense.
Using the masking tape, create a large spider web shape on the floor or carpet. Place the container in the center of the web.
Place different objects to be picked up inside the spider web. Ping-pong balls and bean bags work well for this purpose.
Ask the child to walk and stay on the web lines while picking up all the objects along the way and putting the objects in the container. As the child picks up the object, encourage him to squat down, reach for the object while staying on the line, pick up the object, and return to a standing position.
For grading, ask the child to throw the objects into the container and use a point system where the child gets a point for scoring and loses a point if he falls off the spider web line.
You can also work on pincer grasp by using small objects, such as plastic bugs, and have the child use tongs or tweezers to pick up the items.
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