🍎 What Is Bilateral Coordination? (Crossing the Midline)
Bilateral coordination, or crossing the midline (imagine a line down the centre of your body from your nose to your belly button) is any action that requires the arms or legs to reach across this middle line to complete a task.
Bilateral coordination is essential in helping children establish independence in every day life such as:
✅ writing without changing hands
✅ crossing our legs
✅ getting dressed & undressed
✅ cutting up food
✅ zipping up a jumper
✅ brushing our teeth and the list goes on!
🍎 How does this Fishing Set Develop Bilateral Coordination?
This set is perfect for crossing the midline!
✅ Lay out the fish on the ocean mat
✅ Place the ocean mat and the fishing rod on the left hand side of your child
✅ Place the felt 'pond' on the right hand side
✅ Use one hand to pick up the rod, catch a fish and place the fish in the pond
✅ Swap hands and try fishing with the other hand!
🍎 How does this Fishing Set Develop Language & Communication?
It's easy! Ask your little one to follow your specific instructions using:
✅ Colours - attributes or descriptive features
✅ Prepositions - directional instructions
✅ Names of the sea creatures - to build vocabulary
✅ 1- 3 Step Instructions - to improve working memory
(for a toddler)
"Can you please catch the grey shark and then the red crab and put them both in the pond"
(for an older child)
"Can you please catch the grey shark swimming above the yellow fish, and then catch the red crab at the bottom and put them both in the pond"