Wavy Tactile Path
WePlay Wavy Tactile Path is comprised of eight separate brightly colored path blocks reminiscent of gentle rolling hills. The ends of the path pieces dovetail to join easily with one another with a hook and slot mechanism. Each path block is topped with varying sized circles or bars that protrude slightly from the base for traction and sensory input. Path blocks are sturdy enough to support the weight of supervising adults, and can be arranged in multiple configurations for variety and challenge.
- Wavy Tactile Path promotes the understanding of whole / part relationships as players assemble and disassemble the Path blocks to create different path routes.
- Wavy Tactile Path promotes creative play as players create and travel along their Paths to imaginary destinations and settings.
- Wavy Tactile Path promotes sorting and classification skills as the players arrange Path blocks according to the types of textures that top each.
- To encourage bilateral coordination, facilitator will place familiar objects (beanbags, cones, stuffed animals, etc.) on both sides of the Wavy Tactile path. Instruct player to pick up each object as they make their way across. For extra challenge, include objects as part of a scavenger hunt. For example, objects or clues may be hidden in Easter eggs.
- To strengthen emerging sequencing skills, following completion of play, instruct players to stack Path blocks by their alternating textures into the storage bag.
- To foster imaginative play, player create a “road” of his / her own design and pair with their favorite wheeled toys and other items to decorate the area around the “road”.
- For a child that may be hypersensitive to the texture of the path, have the child start off wearing a pair of shoes and slowly progress to socks, until they feel comfortable barefoot.
- Wavy Tactile Path promotes trunk and core strengthening as the players engage muscles in their upper body to enhance balance and stability as they travel across the Path blocks.
- Wavy Tactile Path promotes the importance of the development of intentional foot placement as players step on and across the Path blocks.
- Wavy Tactile Path promotes balance as players engage their mind and body to stay on top of the textured Path blocks as they walk on and across them.
- To develop balance and coordination, player will place a bean bag or similar object on his / her head while walking along the path. To increase the challenge, player may walk sideways, on his / her toes or backwards while trying to complete the task.
- To improve balance and increase endurance, facilitator will create a hopscotch course in front of the player using four-five of the Path blocks. Instruct player to hop over blocks, alternating from one foot to two feet. To increase the challenge level facilitator may stack the blocks to increase the height of obstacle.
- To develop coordinated movement and endurance, instruct the player to “crab walk” (crawling while facing the ceiling or sky) over the Path blocks. Time the player to track improvement.
- Place Path blocks next to a wall so that players can use it when needed to assist in maintaining their balance as they walk across the path.
- Wavy Tactile Path promotes tactile discrimination skills as the player walks or crawls on the Path blocks and feels the blocks’ raised circles or bars under their feet, hands or other body parts.
- Wavy Tactile Path promotes visual attention development as the player watches his / her feet or hands make contact with the Path blocks in order to safely “walk” across them.
- Wavy Tactile Path promotes sensory integration through tactile input as the player applies physical pressure on the textured Path block tops through various parts of the player’s body.
- To practice tactile discrimination, player will make way across the Path blocks while blindfolded (with or without facilitator physical assistance). Player will communicate which Path block he / she is on, either circles or lines.
- To enhance the sensory play experience, set up Path blocks outdoors and pair with an oscillating or impact water sprinkler. Instruct player to walk or crawl on or around the path before the sprinkler reaches him /her.
- To promote proprioceptive input and enhance sensory integration experience, instruct player to place his / her hands on matching textured Path blocks set on the ground. Instruct player to use their body weight to push the blocks across a smooth surfaced floor to a designated finish line. The block texture, block vibration and pushing action work together to integrate the senses.
- To enhance visual discrimination, outline the edges of the Path block or the textured tops using a dark permanent marker.
- To increase visual attractiveness, illuminate the Path blocks by placing a portable light under each one.
Developmental Processes Promoted
- Gross Motor Skills
- Balance & Coordination
- Motor Planning
- Core Strength
- Weight Shifting
- Foot Placement
- texture differentiation
- Visual Perception
- Sequential Thought Processing
- Action Concepts
- Imagination/Pretend Play
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