These fun activities for crossing the midline are easy to implement at home and come with lots of photos to show you how to help your child develop this skill!
Simple games with balls and bean bags can be adapted to make great activities for crossing the midline.
Start by having your child kneel or sit cross-legged on the floor as shown alongside.
This will help to stabilize the hips and legs, then the hands and arms can move freely across the midline while doing these activities
Have the thrower stand slightly to the side, so the catcher must turn the upper body to catch and throw the ball.
Do this on both sides, and gradually increase the angle at from which the ball is thrown, to increase the amount of midline crossing.
You could also put a target off to the side and have your child throw a beanbag or ball at the target as shown.
Any object could be used, as long as the child passes and receives the object with both hands.
Make sure that they are sitting either cross-legged, or on their knees.
Two kids sit back to back and pass a ball around to each other.
You could do it 5 times in each direction as a warm up for other gross motor activities.
Using “Lazy-8”’s has long been a popular way to help a child to cross the midline.
Vertical surfaces work best - use a blackboard, whiteboard or even an outside wall!
Your child can trace over your loops with multiple different colors of chalks, or drive a toy car around the "racing track".
Very important: Make sure your child is positioned in the centre of the loops, and has one hand on the board/paper for stability.
These long visual motor worksheets were a huge hit with my own kids!
You can make your own, with any pattern and theme - just draw a path for your child to follow, and then have your child trace over the path with crayons (or wipe off markers if you laminate the path).
Keep the path centred in front of your child, and he/she will need to cross the midline to complete it.
You can view a printable version of these worksheets here, if you want to save yourself some time!
Have you read my information page on crossing the midline? It answers questions about how midline crossing develops, why it's important and much, much more.
When kids use both hands together in a coordinated way, crossing the midline often happens naturally during the activity. My bilateral coordination e-book can help your child work on this important skill.
My OT Mom's Midline Crossing Activities E-book is in the pipeline and will hopefully launch before the end of the year! Sign up for my newsletter to hear about the launch when it happens!
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Stretchy bands can be used very effectively to work on midline crossing skills with a group of kids!
Have your kids stand in a circle and hold on to the stretchy band. Start clapping a beat or singing a song and have the kids move the stretchy band hand over hand around the circle in a rhythmical way.
They should be crossing the midline as they reach from side to side. You can make your own, or get them online...
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