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Valentine Scooter Board Obstacle Course

Valentine Scooter Board Obstacle Course

Kids will absolutely LOVE this scooter board obstacle course aka “The Valentine Car Wash”.

Lie down on your tummy and propel yourself forward through the tunnel.  As you come across the Valentine, pick it up, then push up your arms to place the Valentine 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.  It also challenges motor planning because your child must figure out how to move forward using their arms as well as sequencing multiple steps to collect the items as they propel through the tunnels.

Click here for basic DIY Scooter Board Obstacle Course.

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 or 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?
  • Consider the scooter board surface.  Hard flooring makes it easier for the scooter to propel, but less comfortable for the child crawling on hands and knees.  Carpet will increase the resistance.
  • Wear long sleeves.  For kids with tactile sensitivity to light touch, the sensation of the streamers brushing the top of the back and head may be bothersome for the highly sensitive child.

You can celebrate friendship all year round!  Check out these other ideas:

After delivering the mail, head on over to the kitchen to make a heart themed, edible Tic Tac Toe board

For more obstacle course ideas, check out this Laser Maze.

Valentine Laser Maze

Valentine Laser Maze

Here’s a Valentine themed obstacle course that kids will love!  It’s super easy to set up and will keep kids occupied for quite some time while challenging their motor skills and body awareness.  The first step is to string yarn in a crisscrossing pattern between pieces of furniture. Your kids will need to navigate through this “laser maze” without touching the yarn lasers.

Add another layer of challenge by hanging Valentine cards or other small items to the lasers with clothespins.  It’s your mission retrieve the Valentine cards by pinching the clothespins to release the cards. Carefully maneuver between the lasers to deliver your cards to the mailbox. To make it even more challenging, tie jingle bells onto the string.  Be sure to move slowly and watch where you’re going so you don’t set off the alarm bells!

This fun obstacle course encourages your child’s imagination and pretend play while improving motor planning and fine motor skills.  When it comes to self-regulation, it encourages kids to slow down their bodies because they’ll soon discover that if they move too fast or impulsively, they’ll touch the lasers or set off the alarm!

This Valentine obstacle course fulfill its mission when it comes to practicing a variety of skills such as sustained attention, body awareness,  eye hand coordination, fine motor dexterity, hand strength and self-regulation. 

Your kids are gonna love it!

How to make your own:

Find any two pieces of furniture (chairs and tables work well) and cross cross Chunky Yarn from end to end.  Use real envelopes or make your own out of adhesive foam sheets (pictured are plain foam and sparkle foams with decorative heart foam shapes).  Use regular clothespins or chip clips.  The mail boxes and banner were purchased through Oriental Trading and craft stores, but you can also make your own using a shoe box for example.

To increase the challenge:

  • Place the clothespins up high to encourage overhead reach.  Place them down low to encourage lower extremity squat or kneel to standing.
  • Place the lasers low to the ground to encourage prone position or army crawling which strengthens the arms and core.
  • Add verbal directions to improve spatial relationships e.g ” Get the pink one on the right.”  Or “Get the blue one below the white one”
  • Consider using different types of clothespins (Wooden clothes pins, plastic clothespins and binder clips will all require varying amounts of strength and dexterity)
  • Require “pincher fingers” only (thumb, index and middle finger).
  • Separate two sides of the hand by placing an cotton ball or other small object to be grasped by pinky and ring finger against the palm of the hand while the pincher fingers pinch the clothespin.
  • Time the child to see how quickly they can complete the maze and successfully deliver the mail to the mailboxes on either side.

To modify or make it easier:

  • Put up fewer items.
  • Allow whole hand grasp and release.
  • Make fewer and wider zig zags with the yarn lasers.
  • Color the tips of the wooden clothespins to make it easier for children to see which side to pinch.

Check out our other friendship-themed activities, such as the Scooter Board Obstacle Course you’re sure to love and an adorable Tic Tac Toe Cookie Craft.

DIY Scooter Board Obstacle Course

DIY Scooter Board Obstacle Course

Come zoom through the tunnels of love on a scooter board!  Lie on your tummy and propel yourself through while collecting Valentines.  Deliver the mail at the end of the tunnel where a mini mailbox is waiting to be filled with Valentines.

Other ways to deliver the Valentines

  • Crawl through the tunnel
  • Spread the tunnels farther apart for a longer mail route
  • Collect one envelope at a time, deliver to the mailbox and repeat

Skills Addressed

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

 

DIY

HOW TO MAKE A SCOOTER BOARD “CAR WASH” OR TUNNEL

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

Other ideas to collect: Small, fairly flat valentine items, paper hearts

 

Check out this scooter board video to see how it turned out!

 

 

 

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