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What Z'it What Z'it Fidget Toy

Twist, turn and bend into unlimited shapes.

Starting At: $3.69
Mini Bendable Fidget Mini Bendable Fidget

A ready-to-go fidget that keeps young hands busy!

Our Price:: $4.49
Yoga Cards The Game ThinkFun Yoga Cards The Game

A fun game of bending, stretching & balancing.

Our Price:: $4.49
Giant Slinky Giant Slinky

The big daddy of the Slinky .

Our Price:: $9.99
Sale Price: $8.29
Savings: $1.70
Super Sport Zip Ball Super Sport Zip Ball

8" plastic football with strings!

Our Price:: $9.99
Can You Imagine Special FX Saber Can You Imagine Special FX Saber

Sci-fi adventure at your fingertips!

Our Price:: $15.99
Sale Price: $9.99
Savings: $6.00
Croc 'n' Roll Interactive Electronic Game Croc 'n' Roll Interactive Electronic Game

Dodge the crazy croc!

Our Price:: $18.99
Sale Price: $9.99
Savings: $9.00
Have fun stretching with Yoga Dice! This fun, simple movement game helps children learn the practice of Yoga while increasing flexibility and focus. Includes 36 poses to try! Thinkfun Yoga Dice

Fun game of rolling and posing.

Our Price:: $12.95
Yoga Spinner Game ThinkFun Yoga Spinner Game

A fun game of flexibility and balance.

Our Price:: $14.49
Climbing Rope Ladder Climbing Rope Ladder

Rope ladder provides endless fun!

Our Price:: $22.99
Sale Price: $15.99
Savings: $7.00
Froggy Feeding Fun Learning Resources Froggy Feeding Fun

Reinforce math & counting skills!

Our Price:: $17.99
Sale Price: $16.49
Savings: $1.50
Hide 'N Slide Hide 'N Slide - Finger Dexterity Game

Encourage finger isolation and strengthening with Hide 'N Slide!

Our Price:: $16.95
Follow the Leader - Finger Dexterity Game Follow the Leader - Finger Dexterity Game

Follow the Leader develops fine motor and visual tracking skills. Portable and fun!

Our Price:: $16.95
Heart & Starts Stars & Hearts - Finger Dexterity Game

Increase finger strength with our "sensory search" maze game!

Our Price:: $16.95
Stretchy Bands Strength Trainers Stretchy Bands Strength Trainers

All kids love stretchy bands for the group or individual activity fun!

Our Price:: $17.49
CanDo Inflatable Sensory Saddle Rolls CanDo Inflatable Sensory Saddle Rolls

Our Sensory Saddle is textured with a "nubby" surface which provides tactile stimulation to active seating and ball therapy routines.

Starting at: $30.11
CoreDisk CoreDisk

Support kids and teens who can't sit still with CoreDisk!

Starting at: $38.99
Yogarilla Exercises and Activities 55 Card Yoga Deckoffers The 55 yoga poses and 110 activities in this oversized, colorfully illustrated 6" x 8" card deck help children understand how their bodies and minds work together. Yogarilla Exercises and Activities 55 Card Yoga Deck

Help children to understand their bodies and to relax with this 55 deck and 110 activity card deck.

Our Price:: $38.99
Textured Stepping Stone Textured Stepping Stone

Take the balance challenge!

Our Price:: $39.99
Gymnic Rody Inflatable Horse Gymnic Rody Horse - 14"

Gymnic Rody Horse develops balance, movement skills and coordination.

Our Price:: $44.99
Sale Price: $39.99
Savings: $5.00
Pacific Play Institutional Fun Tube 4ft. Tunnel Pacific Play Institutional Fun Tube 4ft. Tunnel

The see-thru Fun Tube will provide hours of fun. Builds motor skills and muscle strength!

Our Price:: $43.49
Gonge Island  Set of 2 Gonge Island Set of 2

Step into coordination, balance and fun!

Our Price:: $48.49
Gonge River Set of 6 Gonge River Set of 6

Step into coordination, balance and fun!

Our Price:: $51.99
Riverstones Gonge Riverstones

Step into coordination, balance and fun!

Our Price:: $61.49
See You Tunnel 9 Ft. Pacific Play Institutional 9-Ft Children's Obstacle Course See-You Tunnel

Kids love wiggling through this tunnel!

Our Price:: $64.99
Crawling Tunnels Crawling Tunnels - 34" & 41"

Create your sensory-motor experience with the crawling tunnel!

Starting At: $69.99
Pacific Play Institutional 9 Ft. Tunnel - Blue Pacific Play Institutional 9 Ft. Tunnel - Blue/Red & Blue/Blue

Kids love crawling through this tunnel of fun!

Our Price:: $71.99
Gonge Riverstones with Bouncing Riverstone Set of 4 balancing platforms and one wobbling, bouncing platform Gonge Riverstones with Bouncing Riverstone - Set of 5

Develop balance and coordination!

Our Price:: $79.49
Resistance Tunnel 9 ft long Resistance Tunnel 9 ft long

Kids love this stretchy tunnel.

Our Price:: $95.99
Soft Balance Beam Children's Factory Soft Balance Beam

Allows for the perfect balance between safety and exploration.

Our Price:: $134.95
Homestand Birch Glider Homestand Birch Glider

The Glider is a fun and stimulating swing, great for improving balance.

Starting at: $143.99
Children's Factory Edu-Ring Children's Factory Edu-Ring

You can make a ring, a slide, a balance beam - whatever you like!

Our Price:: $157.88
   
 

Most of us don't think about the various skills we need to develop in order to complete everyday tasks. But whether we're writing, getting dressed, throwing or catching, riding a bike or even walking, we're using a skill called "bilateral coordination".
Bilateral coordination is another way of saying "coordinating both sides of the body to work together". When we can coordinate our limbs individually and move them in a controlled and organized manner, all kinds of actions that could otherwise not be performed can occur. Bilateral coordination is the skill that allows us to hold a sandwich steady with one hand while cutting it with the other. It's the skill that's needed to pedal downward with one foot while pedaling upward with the other; it allows us to play instruments and tie our shoes, and it's the skill we need to throw one handed.

Unlike grasping an object with both hands, bilateral coordination is critical to performing movements where one side of the body is doing something different than the other side. This is a skill that typically starts to develop by the time children are three to four years old, when they've started to become familiar with the skill of crossing the midline of the body. Before children acquire the skill of crossing the midline, they will use their right hand on the right side of the body and their left hand for things that are happening on the left side.

Crossing the midline is a critical milestone to mastering bilateral coordination. Crossing the midline is a good indicator that both sides of the brain are communicating, and it helps children practice fine motor skills on a deeper level. When your child crosses the midline, he or she can use both hands equally to develop hand dominance and even core stability. Crossing the midline is a stepping stone for bilateral coordination, and as bilateral coordination develops, the ability to spontaneously cross the midline will develop even more. Children that avoid crossing the midline ultimately have difficulty with bilateral coordination and tend to have two weak hands rather than one dominant one.

In addition to crossing the midline, another important foundation to bilateral coordination is body awareness.
Also known as proprioception, body awareness helps us to understand where our body is in space. People with poor proprioception are more clumsy and may be fearful of their surroundings, and because they don’t receive proper feedback from their muscles and joints, they tend to have a lot of difficulty coordinating both sides of their body to complete bilateral tasks.

There are a range of important skills that need to be met before other skills to begin to develop. We carry a range of products designed to help children develop better bilateral coordination by addressing it at its foundation.

For crossing the midline skills, try:

To improve proprioception, we recommend:

To generally develop better bilateral coordination try:

Everyday Activities for Bilateral Integration:

  • Spreading butter on bread
  • Beading & lacing
  • Playground activities
  • Picking up fall leaves or seashells
  • Riding a bike
  • Paper cutting or tearing
  • Building with legos or duplos
  • Throw/catch games
  • Flying a kite
  • Painting on an easel
  • Helping carry groceries