It’s been a while since I’ve been in middle school but I can still remember the joy I felt when we would walk into Gym class and the scooters would be out. By the end of the period I always had a hand injury from running over my own fingers but darn was it worth it. And I think as kids we all wish we could build our own scooter board so we could play at home way after P.E. class ended.
Benefits of Scooter Boards
As I’ve gotten older and more interested in developmental activities for my kids, I’ve come to learn more about the benefits of a floor scooter like the ones we used in gym class. (I guess that’s part of the reason why we used them, huh?) They’re not just all fun and games. For example, scooter boards are a big part of the tools available to OTs for helping kids.
- Proprioceptive Input
- Vestibular Input
- Building trunk strength
To learn more about how to utilize these boards to promote development skills visit Special-ism.com.
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Materials for a scooter board
Scooters are pretty easy to make as they only require a few materials. There is the board, the wheels, and that’s it! There are a few options to spruce up your board such as handles but you only need to add those if you want to.
Different scooter board designs
The blog Permanent Kisses has a great scooter board if you have access to some power tools. They feature handles in the form of rope. She spray painted hers a bright red color which I love love love. Her blog doesn’t have step by step instructions but because they’re so simple, and she gives you the tools she used, a handy person can figure out how she made them. Looks like her kids LOVED the finished product.
One of my favorite tutorials is the Crumb Bums Scoot-Along tutorial. This is has step by step instructions with pictures. I love the simple way he measures the distance for the wheels. For younger kids I think this could be a great teaching tool for time. For bigger kids this is a great teaching tool to show spacial relations and how to measure without a ruler. All in all, I love this tutorial and approach to the simple scooter board.
This next scooter has comfort written all over it. The Mummy on a Mission blog has a tutorial on how to make a cushioned scooter board specifically for OT. She got foam cut to the size of the board and upholstered it with some really lively fabric. You can pick any fabric so this could be a fun way to create multiple boards in two different colors to create “teams” for your scooter boards for large games of some sort.
If you don’t aren’t particularly good with fabric but still want to personalize your scooter board, I recommend this scooter tutorial from A Few Short Cuts. She paints the board before adding the casters which is a great approach since you don’t want the board scootin’ away from you if you do it the other way. Love the pink stripes on this one.
There are lots of easy ways to build your own scooter board, whether for specific OT activities or recreation alone. Are there any approaches you’ve used to build your own?
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