Due to Coronavirus or COVID-19 we have suspended Rainbow Gym happening in local venues. If you were attending Rainbow Gym you can continue with your programme at home.
We have changed Rainbow Gym for home use. Continue with your warm ups and rainbow gym programmes. You can find these on this page and also watch videos to go with them. For your fine motor programme see the videos of fine motor games and fit these into your day and child's play. Keep working on your child's individual goal. See our top tips video for teaching a new skill, goal advice and ideas for staying active.
You know your child and you know your home. Be safe, work in a clear area with your child. Stop if your child has any pain.
Click on the tabs below to find details of how to contact your Occupational Therapist / Physiotherapist during this time if you need further support:
Jog on the spot for 30 seconds keeping your knees low.
Stand in front of a wall, and then place your hands on the wall at shoulder height. Push the wall in by bending your elbows and hold this position for as long as you can up to a count of 5. Repeat this 10 times.
Do 20 star jumps.
Hold your arms out at shoulder height. Make 10 small circles with your arms. Make 10 large circles with your arms.
Once you have completed Rainbow Gym it is important that your child stays active. Keeping physically active brings many health benefits. For children, regular physical activity is important for growing up to have strong bones and muscles, maintaining a healthy weight and building their confidence. As we are currently unable to use community resources we have to find new ways of staying active. Have a look at Change4life and Play Scotland for ideas on staying active as well as our information on learning to ride a bike:
Change4Life have Disney inspired indoor games and 10 Minute Shake Up activities to help children stay active while everyone's at home.
Play Scotland have a #playeveryday campaign. A bundle of boredom busting fun activities that children and young people can use to encourage imagination, creativity and play time, many of which are suitable for indoors or confined spaces, and most of which are low cost or free. Some ideas, while not free play, are still playful and good fun for all the family!
Learning to ride a bike is a complex task involving balance, motor skills and visual skills. It can be helpful to start with a balance bike.
If your child continues to find this challenging check our strategies for learning to ride a bike. This technique takes time, but the idea is that your child gets a sense of achievement from mastering each step one at a time.