Rolling 4 Fun
How long can you keep the ball going? Rolling 4 Fun promotes problem solving as kids guide the small ball along the tracks. There are four different routes to expand play and create challenges for kids to advance engagement with the toy. Rolling 4 Fun encourages fine motor skills, speech and language along with cognitive development with the variety of ways to play.
- Guessing/estimating (pre-math skills) are encouraged as children decide how many blows it may take to get to send the ball around the track.
- Cause and effect relationships are established each time a child blows the ball. The strength of the blow effects the ball.
- Concentration is enhanced as children focus on task at hand to maneuver the Rolling 4 Fun base and the ball.
- Caregiver can teach the child how to blow by having them mimic actions. Introduction to the game for practice before would be helpful to some kids.
- Play with bubbles to begin learning the concept of blowing. This can help reinforce the oral movement skills in a highly motivating way.
- Add a start and finish line to the Rolling 4 Fun base so that kids can persevere to get all the way around the circle during play.
- Blowing the ball along the track can help train and strengthen oral muscles that are used to speak.
- Each explosive breath, also trains respiratory function and lip strength, all while children play.
- Appropriate game etiquette is learned as children utilize patience to wait their turn, share the game and learn appropriate reactions to winning and losing.
- Children practice receptive language skills (input) as they are given directions verbally and nonverbally during play as they are encouraged to keep trying.
- Identify a number for the child to target during play. This can help a child problem solve and determine technique to accomplish the goal.
- Have children discuss how many blows it will take to get to a certain number.
- Make different vowel sounds when blowing the ball around the rim. For example, the “o” vowel sound will create big breaths as kids move the ball around the track.
- Holding and manipulating the toy encourages fine motor skill development such as two-handed play and wrist rotation.
- Flicking the ball along the course promotes fine motor skills and finger strength required for effective pincer and tripod grips.
- The upright play required by many of the tracks engages core strengthening and a sense of balance as many muscle groups are used in coordinated movement.
- Kids can use teamwork to play together! One person can manipulate the base while another is blowing the ball around the track.
- Try out different types of balls during play like a bouncy ball or plastic egg to see how they can be blown around the track or flicked across the rim.
- Place the Rolling 4 Fun base at different heights during play. Try and place it on the ground or on the counter top.
- Kids can amp the Rolling 4 Fun challenge up a notch by balancing on different items during play like a balance beam or couch pillow.