Some children who receive pediatric occupational and physical therapy have goals related to bilateral coordination for the whole body. Here are ideas to practice bilateral coordination skills in older children 1. Marching to music and clapping hands at the same time.
2. Cross crawls - touch your right hand to your left knee and then the left hand to your right knee. Repeat touching the opposite feet.
3. Traditional jumping jacks
4. Cross Country Jumping Jacks - place right arm and right leg forward jump and switch left arm and left leg forward. Try opposite sides - place right arm and left leg forward jump and switch left arm and right leg forward.
5. March in place sitting down while drawing circles in the air with both hands
6. Try a task using both hands or both hands and feet at the same time - ie: dribbling a ball with both hands, kicking a ball and dribbling a ball.
7. Play hopscotch - the skill of jumping feet apart and together requires coordination of both sides of the body
8. Perform motor activities to the beat of a metronome
9. Jumping activities - jumping rope, jump up and clap hands, jump up and touch your heels behind your bottom, jumping activities through a floor ladder, etc.
10. Animal walks that use both sides of the body - ie: crab walk, bear walk and crawling
What are your favorite bilateral coordination activities for the whole body?