WePlay Forest Party is comprised of five, brightly colored, vinyl-covered high density foam hills (four “ladybugs” and one “caterpillar”). Forest Party is designed to assist children to develop gross motor skills, balance and coordination. The hills can be used on either the curve side to crawl or walk over, or the flat side on which players can rock and balance. Forest Party is a product that is suitable for individual or group active play, for ages six months and up. Total weight of all five pieces is approximately 86 pounds.
- Forest Party develops a player’s gross motor skills as he / she rocks on, crawls, cruises, scoots or walks across the hills.
- Forest Party develops a player’s balance and coordination skills as he / she learns to stand upright while rocking stepping on the upside-down hill.
- Forest Party promotes core strengthening and trunk stabilization through muscle group engagement necessary to rock on bug hills.
- To strengthen balance and coordination skills, instruct player to balance small objects such as stuffed animals or lightweight books on his / her head while walking across the Caterpillar.
- To develop core strength and stamina, place motivational objects or snacks on top of the Ladybug during baby tummy time to encourage engagement of the core muscles that help to elevate the head and arms to reach above floor level towards the Ladybug.
- To strengthen center of gravity, facilitator will adhere three rows of white tape down the length of the Caterpillar, starting at the apex of the hill and the remaining two at equal distances closer to the bottom than the next. Facilitator will instruct player to take turns walking across the Caterpillar on the white tape lines and straddle walking the Caterpillar.
- To diminish degree of hill rock, utilize equally-sized books or other household objects to place under the upside-down hills for stabilized play.
- To provide physical support, a peer or facilitator can walk in front of player while player holds onto him / her.
- Forest Party promotes vestibular input as the player rocks side-to-side or back and forth on the upside-hill.
- Forest Party promotes proprioceptive input through the body’s movement off and on the bug hills.
- Forest Party promotes visual attention and processing as the player observes the height and curves of the bug hills in order to plan how to climb, crawl, balance or walk on or over them.
- To promote vestibular input exercise, player stands on an upside down Ladybug between two peers. Instruct player to rock towards the peer in possession of building materials that the player must then collect and rock to other peer in order to hand the materials to him / her.
- To promote proprioceptive input and sensory integration, instruct player utilize five methods to push the Caterpillar across a room such as bending over and pushing it from its end, laying belly-side down on the flat side and using hands and feet to slide, laying back-side down and using feet to slide, and sitting down and using feet to push and hands to stabilize on the Caterpillar.
- To promote visual attention skills, instruct players to create ant paths on top of the Ladybugs. Facilitator will adhere colored tape to the top of the Ladybug(s) and instruct players to use black beans and playdoh or other sticky substance to follow the tape line and attach the beans to the back of the Ladybug.
- To create a non-slip surface on bug hills, wrap a long strip of rubberized shelf liner around and adhere together at the ends.
- To add auditory interest to playtime, place a noise making product such as a whoopee cushion or a bell under the rocking bug hill.
- To add more visual interest to the bug hills, adhere different colored tapes to the hill in lines or a circle shape.
- Forest Party encourages open-ended and imaginative play as player creates his / her own designs with the bug hills across which he / she will traverse alone or with peers.
- Forest Party develops motor planning skills as the player strategizes at what rate, which order, and how to move different parts of his / her body in space across the bug hills.
- Forest Party encourages development of spatial orientation skills as the player rocks on or crawls on and off of the hills.
- To encourage the development of imaginative play, facilitator will instruct player to select five-fifteen favorite toys, books or play items to use in conjunction with the Caterpillar and Ladybugs, such as a tea party, a sleepover party, an Olympic team sport (bobsled, rowing, etc.), or a puppet show.
- To facilitate development of spatial orientation skills, one facilitator will place and hold infant on upside down bug hill while another facilitator rocks the bug from side-to-side.
- To develop motor planning skills, facilitator will arrange bug hills on alternating sides in a scattered fashion and instruct players to perform a different action to cross over each (sit and scoot on, crawl, rock, hop over and back, etc.) as he / she approaches each hill.
Developmental Processes Promoted
- Gross Motor
- Balance & Coordination
- Motor Planning
- Trunk Strengthening
- Bilateral Coordination
- Vestibular Input
- Proprioceptive Input
- Visual Attention
- Imagination/Pretend Play
- Problem Solving
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