Ever wonder what other AWESOME things you could do with Blue Painter’s Tape? Many Independent Living Inc. pediatric therapists use this great stuff during therapy sessions. The bright color, easy clean up, straight lines and its cheap cost make painter’s tape a fan favorite. We have gathered some helpful tips and great ways to use it at your house!
- Use it as a boundary to improve body awareness. For example, if your child crosses the line you’ve made on the floor, you say “What part of your body crossed the line? Is it your right or left leg? Put it back behind the line…”
- Make a hopscotch or ladder type design (1 foot per square) on the floor and instruct your child to hop on one foot to (the first, middle, last) square. Or have them stand backwards and jump to a specific square, they can also side step across the ladder.
- Use the hopscotch or ladder frame, except this time have your child toss bean bags into the squares. Assign each square a different point value by taping the number into the center of the square.
- Make a small square on the ground as a “fence” and using a straw, blow cotton balls into the square to “herd the sheep.”
- If your child is clumsy, put a small piece of tape at the eye level of child on the wall, door, doorframe, etc… that the child runs into. Or put small pieces on the corners of coffee tables, desks, etc… The visual cue may help give the child feedback to move before bumping!
- Work on balance and walking in a straight line by taping a 6 foot strip to the floor. Have your child walk on the line (like a balance beam).
- Use as a marker to mark off goals for forward jumping. Place a few 6 inch strips on the floor and encourage your child to jump over/past the line. Gradually increase the distance and play “Let’s see how far you can jump!” game each day.
- Use it as a visual reminder to stay in a designated area for safety and/or to improve participation during games/play. Tape an “X” or your child’s letter, “K” for Katie, on the floor. Encourage your child to “STAY on your spot/letter” when playing a game on the floor, doing homework, helping in the kitchen…etc.
These great ideas are all ways to help improve sensory awareness, walking, balance, jumping distance, attention and behavior all while having lots of FUN!!!
Compiled by ILI’s St Pete Clinic Therapists – Michele F., MOTR/L , Ashley T., DPT, & Sarah G., M.S. CCC-SLP