Christmas Car Wash | Play It Forward Therapy

Christmas Car Wash

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December 10, 2020

Kids will absolutely LOVE this scooter board obstacle course or “Christmas Car Wash”.  Lie down on your tummy and propel yourself forward through the tunnels of tinsel!

Collect the gift bows to put on the presents waiting for you at the end of the car wash!

As you come across the a gift bow, pick it up, then push up your arms to place the bow under your chest.  This requires upper body and arm strength as well as weight shifting from one arm to the next, strengthening the shoulder girdle and core muscles (trunk, back and abdominals)

Your child will enjoy this motor planning challenge as he or she figures out how to move forward using their arms as well as sequencing multiple steps to collect the items as they propel through the car wash

Other ways to play

  • Crawl through the tunnel
  • Spread the tunnels farther apart for a longer car wash

Skills Addressed

  • Upper extremity weight bearing
  • Core strength
  • Motor planning
  • Sequencing
  • Tactile tolerance for light touch on the back while navigating through the tunnels

To increase the Challenge

  • Use the arms only to self-propel.
  • Lengthen or shorten the distance from start to finish.
  • Add 10+ objects to pick up (10 repetitions)

To Modify and Make It Easier

  • Shorten the distance.
  • Have fewer objects to pick up.
  • Allow the child to push with both hands and feet while lying on their tummy.  Or self-propel with hands while sitting in a kneeling/quadraped position.
  • Allow the child to crawl through the tunnels, notice if they are crawling using reciprocal movements.  Are they using reciprocal movements by alternating opposite arm and leg (this is what we want)?  Or are they crawling with the same side (right arm and right leg) at the same side to propel forward?

DIY CAR WASH

MATERIALS NEEDED TO MAKE A SCOOTER BOARD “CAR WASH”

Note:  I recommend making 4 to 5 tunnels for a longer scooter board track.

For 1 Tunnel use 3/4″ PVC pipe and connectors

  • 3-  24″ long pieces of  PVC pipe
  • 2-  Elbow joint connectors (90 Degree)
  • 2- 3 way connectors
  • 4- 12″ long pieces of PVC pipe
  • 4- end caps
  • Optional: PVC glue
  • Garlands

Check out this Valentine Themed scooter board video for more winter holiday fun!

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