creatimber in physiotherapy

One of the good things about Creatimber is its ability to move in just two dimensions while staying close to the ground. Thus, children with motor difficulties, gravitational insecurity or even smaller children are better able to use this piece of equipment safely – even as part of a therapy program.

The following exercises can help improve head and trunk control, body- and spatial awareness, balance and coordination skills:

Lay Creatimber on the floor and ask your child to try

  • swaying straddle legged (with feet pointing towards the long side, then the short side of Creatimber) or in sitting position
  • walking or crawling on it moving forward or backward
  • lying down on it and gently rocking it

Turn Creatimber upside down (so it will stand like a dome) and try

  • Walking or crawling on it moving forward or backward
  • crawling underneath it with head or feet first
  • balancing on top of it in single leg stance
  • jumping off it

Practising at home can be more fun if parent and child do these exercises together – each using their own Creatimber even. To make exercising more playful, we can sing songs or recite nursery rhymes with the smaller ones. To motivate an older child, we can try mirroring each others moves or taking turns in challenging each other („now try this!”).

Once swaying, crawling or walking on Creatimber is no longer a challenge, we can raise the level of difficulty by asking the child to try moving on Creatimber while balancig a beanbag on their head or carrying a walnut in a spoon. Lowering themselves to a squatting or half-kneeling position to pick up an object from the floor on the way without falling can be practised too.

It’s also a good idea to use a mirror – visual feedback can help with postural control and balance.

Rocking and swaying on Creatimber to the rhythm of a nursery rhyme while clapping hands to the rhythm and singing along, and stopping when the music stops (or playing statues) can also be part of the exercise program for children.

These exercises may help children with:

  • delayed motor development
  • mild motor impairment
  • low muscle tone
  • „clumsiness”, coordination and balance problems
  • fear of movement
  • overactivity
  • behaviour and attention difficulties
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder

However, if you would like to use Creatimber with therapeutic purpose, we recommend seeking professional advice (e.g. from a physiotherapist) to devise a program that meets your child’s individual needs

Some children find it difficult to orient in space. There are ones who don’t like swings, tend to avoid movement activities, are rather clumsy or their movements are immature. For these children, running, jumping and swinging is more of a nuisance than a joyful activity. They often experience difficulty during play in preschool, school or the playground, may have negative self perception and low self-esteem.

Integrating creative free play into structured movement therapy may be of benefit to these children. Create a safe environment by offering a simple yet versatile piece of equipment – like Creatimber – they get a chance to experiment and discover what they can do as well as enjoy a motor play activity they created for themselves.

Below are some simple activities we may suggest to help these children come out of their shell.

  • „Creatimber magic” – Free play, they may turn it into anything they like. We can offer help or be part of the fun if the child asks us to.
  • „Now make it extra cosy!” or „Show me something brave!” or „Let it hide you!” – A tiny hint might help them to start experimenting.
  • „Let’s see if I can do it” – This time, let them think of an exercise for us to try.

Try Creatimber with older children in a therapy group focusing on gross motor development.

It can become part of an obstacle course or it can be a great piece of equipment to use in partner exercises that children can do in pairs.

These exercises can help develop balance, coordination and body awareness as well as improve attention skills and promote cooperation and communication.

Partner exercises with Creatimber:

  • The two children help each other stand on either end of a Creatimber that is lying on a mattress. They can hold hands if they like. The aim is to find their balance so that both of them are stading on the Creatimber
  • Once this is achieved, they can try rocking each other gently
  • Creatimber can become a seesaw if the children try sitting on the ends
  • The children sit at the ends of a Creatimber that is lying on a mattress. Put a ball in the middle. The aim is to keep the ball rolling on the board from one child to the other without letting it fall. The children use their hands to keep the board moving – cooperation is required!
  • The children stand on their own Creatimber each, facing each other. Play catch and throw without stepping off the board

(N.B. These exercises should be practised bare feet and using a mattress for safety is recommended.)