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Gross motor skills

Lots of equipment here to use both indoors and outdoors to develop muscle tone, strength, and coordinated movement. Great ideas to get them up and away from the screens!!


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  • All-Band Loops


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    Versatile All-Band is a natural rubber resistive material that's wonderful for proprioceptive activities and strengthening activities. Beyond strengthening activities, you can also use it to pull children on scooter boards, and tied around chair legs as a kicker strip for children who seek movement and proprioception….  An excellent item to have in your bag of goodies! 

    All-Band is now also available in 'loops' giving a more extended range of options for activities, exercises and strategies for use (eg it's easier to wrap around chair legs as a kick band for movement seekers). There are two diameters - 23.5cm and 55cm in six different levels of resistance. Most therapists recommend the yellow theraband for use with children. This provides 'soft grade' resistance. We also carry the next 2 grades - green being 'medium' and red being 'firm'. The price is the same.

    All-Band is 99.9% latex allergen free.

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  • AllCare Balance Board

    $41.50
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    2 in 1 balance board offers you 2 levels of difficulty - just by removing the base of the blue centre piece. Use this balance board to improve proprioceptive awareness, balance and coordination for the whole body.

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  • AllCare PowerLoop


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    The PowerLoop is a strong loop band that can be used as a versatile exercise tool to help strengthen muscles. All loops are 4.5mm thick and 100cm in length. We have 2 levels of resistance for two different purposes. 

    Red  For optimum resistance activities for children and teens. 13mm wide

    Black This is a brilliant option to wrap around chair or desk legs for kids and teens to use as a foot fidget for self-regulation. Strong and durable but with enough elasticity to provide good proprioceptive feedback. This can be used for any style chair or desk leg. 22mm wide.

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  • Balancing Balls Set of 4

    $38.85
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    This set of 6 balance handles and balls is a great addition to any collection of gross motor skill development resources. Children learn to maintain stability and control with their upper body while moving and adjusting their lower body. 
    Specification
    Handle measures 330mm, ball 60mm.

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  • Beanbags


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    These beanbags  are made of water-stop tough wear fabric. They are washable, and they won't sprout if they get wet and mice won't eat them! Easy to catch than a ball. They come in bright primary colours as squares (10 x 15cm) or rectangles (15 x 15cm). 


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  • Bilibo


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    Bilibo is a new award-winning toy which stimulates childrens' imaginations as they explore the many ways they can have fun with this simple and ingenious toy. The Bilibo can be used to sit in, on, under, climb on, be a turtle shell, a bucket, or a hat. A bit like watching the delight children get from playing with a cardboard box, with the added benefits to postural control, balance, and motor planning. Available in red, blue, green, orange, pink, yellow.

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  • BS Toys Crazy Coordination Game

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    This is a great activity for helping children practice working together cooperatively, while at the same time using their proprioception to develop coordination and control to roll the balls in the right direction. With practice children can get faster. A great small group activity. 

    Includes 3 x wooden Challenge Boards of varying difficulty.

    Safe for children over 3 years but developmental skills of approx. 6 years+ needed. 
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  • Core Strength Fun Deck

    $29.95
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    Do you want to improve your child's trunk and upper body strength, hand use, and manipulation skills? Use the Upper Body and Core Strength Fun Deck to teach controlled use and stability of a child's trunk, shoulders, elbows, wrists, hands, and fingers. These skills build an important foundation to help children complete everyday tasks successfully. The content cards present a developmental progression of movements (unilateral and bilateral) focusing on trunk and shoulder use, coordination activities, and fine motor skills.
    This Fun Deck includes 52 double-sided cards. The card front presents an upper body activity with a large picture illustration, and the other side describes the movement activity with a smaller picture. It also includes four additional content cards providing game ideas, instructions, and a list of activity titles. The 52 cards measure 8cm x 13cm and come in a colourful tin.

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  • Don't Sit! Get Fit! Book

    $31.50
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    This invaluable blackline master resource aims to contribute to the development of healthy, active lifestyles in children. Suitable for teachers and therapists working with primary school students. This book has lots of fun ideas to incorporate into therapy groups as well as school programmes. Features:
    • suitable for all primary levels
    • detailed background information
    • details of phases of physical development
    • outcome links
    • activities to develop all areas of fitness
    • explicit steps for implementing a fitness program
    • formulas for students to monitor their own fitness
    • specific instructions for dance routines and games with visual aids
    • activities to develop awareness of good nutrition
    • suggestions for linking to other learning areas
    • specific instructions for activities to assess student fitness
    • student assessment activities
    • photocopiable teacher and student proformas for recording

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  • Dumbells


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    An essential part of our Physio programme, mini-dumbells have a soft PVC coating, they're easy to clean and ideal for developing strength. Children love growing muscles like their favourite Super Heros! Also a good suggestion for a 'heavy work' activity for calming and/or proprioceptive awareness.

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  • Egg and Spoon Set

    $28.75
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    Great for developing postural control and balance skills. These colourful rubber eggs and matching hard plastic spoons for egg & spoon races makes it easier to track who has kept their egg balanced on their spoon! Or just use them individually where children can compete against themselves - eg how far can you go before the egg falls off! 
    Set includes six colours: red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple. Spoons are 30cm long and eggs are 6cm long.

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  • Foot Pods

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    Soft, spiky feel. Great for balance, tactile processing and coordination. Pods are inflatable so pressure can be adjusted. Available in primary colours 16cm diameter x 8cm high.

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  • Giant Frog Bean Bag Set

    $44.00
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    These big animal bean bags can be used for all types of fun games and will be a great novelty hit with young children. The main body size is 14cm long x 10 cm high so they're nice a chunky to catch.

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  • Gross Motor Skills 4-6 years

    $56.95
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    This is the perfect resource book for teachers, parents and therapists to help children improve in all areas of gross motor skill development. There are lots of ideas and information to help plan fun, effective sessions with hints and tips for assessing skills. There are 7 sections focussing on:

    Spatial and body awareness; locomotor skills; ball skills; equipment; sensory tables;  creative play; games, obstacles and relays.

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  • Gym Balls


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    Strong durable gym balls for core strength and postural stability.

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  • Gymnic Gym Rings


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    Gym Rings are soft and very strong vinyl moulded rings that can be used for indoor and outdoor activities. They float so they're also great for the pool and water. Use them for catching and throwing, and fun things like balancing them on your head, holding them on your foot while hopping on the other foot, and what about using them for lazy 8's around your knees!!

    Colours available red, blue, yellow and green. Sold individually or in a set of 4.
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  • Gymnic Physio Roll/ Peanut


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    The 'peanut roll' or 'physio-roll' is essentially two balls joined together to create a tool which allows for a great variety of uses and a higher stability as against the standard single ball. Ideal to use for balance, muscle tone and coordination activities for children and adults. Therapists can also sit on the ball and support movement patterns and positioning.
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  • Hape Cat Walkers

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    Cat Walkers by Hape are fun stilts for younger children. These stilts have hand strings attached to the shape of cat's paw prints. The stilts themselves are lower and wider than Stampabout Stilts so easier to use. They are solid at the bottom so they can easily be used on sand and grass.
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  • Hape Skipping Ropes


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    Ideal skipping rope to use to help children learn this tricky skill - appropriately sized wooden handles for little hands, and a nice heavy rope that doesn't twist like the plastic skipping ropes., 
    Available in Penguins and Monkeys!
    Measures 2m Long. Ages 3yrs+

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  • Hart Anti-Burst Peanut Ball


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    The peanut shape ensures that the ball will only move in one plane. The 'peanut roll' or 'physio-roll' is essentially two balls joined together to create a tool which allows for a great variety of uses and a higher stability as against the standard single ball. Ideal to use for balance, muscle tone and coordination activities for children and adults. Therapists can also sit on the ball and support movement patterns and positioning. Latex free.

    Anti Burst rated to 227kg. Latex free.
    Your Height Recommended Ball Size Colour
    155cm to 165cm 50cm ball Blue
    165cm to 180cm 60cm ball Green

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  • Hi Hoppers


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    Bouncing activities are a great way to stimulate proprioceptors, while also developing postural control, muscle tone, and motor planning. Our new ones are really cool!

    40cm Soccer Hi Hopper

    50cm Basketball Hi Hopper

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  • Juggling Balls

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    These three Juggling Balls are perfect for learning how to Juggle. They're a comfortable size for young kids and they're soft and squishy for easy gripability. Start by tossing one ball into the air and catching with the other hand, then try with 2 balls and when confident add a third ball. A brilliant activity to develop proprioceptive awareness. We also like them because they're very tactile so they provide another good option for kids who do best in class when they have something to fidget with or squeeze.
    We also have weighted juggling balls which may be a better option for some children - see below.
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  • Jumping Bags


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    Jump to the finish line with these colourful, child-sized sacks. Play with two children, in relay teams of mixed ages and abilities, or in imaginative play, eg by pretending to be a kangaroo. Ideal for supporting muscle tone, balance, coordination and general gross motor skills. Made from 100 per cent nylon and double stitched for durability. Available individually or as a set of 6.
    * Small bag- Preschool to Lower Primary - 60cm Long
    * Large bag - Upper Primary to Secondary - 88cm Long 

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  • Loumet Deluxe Balance Board

    $59.00
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    These balance boards are strong and sturdy and come with a textured top.  Balance boards are designed to develop balance, motor coordination skills, weight distribution and core strength. The Deluxe Balance Board is a highly durable, one piece item. It is extremely strong and hard wearing with the capacity to hold over 350kg. 40cm diameter.

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  • Motor Skill Flip Book

    $52.50
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    This very practical book has been designed and compiled by Sally McNamara, Occupational Therapist. Sally has put together a fabulous resource for therapists, teachers, aides and parents, providing quick and easy motor skill programs for children. There are 100 fun activities that can be selected to help children work on 5 colour-coded areas of motor development, including: 

    Core strength, shoulder stability, gross motor coordination, fine motor coordination and pencil control. 

    The activities are formatted on thick, durable card in a separated flip-out style for easy mix and match sessions. You can select a different activity from each category to put together a programme for the week, with recording charts etc all laid out to enable progress to be tracked. Easy!! The activities are of varying degrees of difficulty and are generally adaptable for children from ages 4-12 years.


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  • No Fuss Games - Book for 5-11yrs

    $35.50
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    Simple and easy to follow games 
    No-fuss Games to get children active is exactly as the title suggests. This blackline master offers teachers, therapists and parents simple, easy-to-follow and easy-to-organise games which are appealing to children in pairs, small groups and larger groups. There are lots of innovative ideas to incorporate into school and therapy programmes focussed on developing gross motor skills and encouraging activity. They are designed to use minimal equipment and can be initiated with the minimum of fuss and organisation. The games and activities are presented with an interesting twist which will keep children excited and moving. There are rules for each game, suggested adaptations to make them harder and easier, diagrams and pictures, and skills checklists for participants.
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  • Scooter Boards


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    Scooter boards are brilliant for developing all sorts of fundamental movement skills. They are an essential item for therapy and can be used in a multitude of ways. Scooterboard 'work' helps children develop postural stability, strength, motor planning skills, bilateral coordination, and more. And above all, kids love them. At home they provide a great way to build therapy goals into daily activities, eg 'bath time' can mean time to get on the scooter to go through the house to the bathroom! So much more fun!

    We have a small and large size available, there are connectors which enable two scooters to be joined together for train rides, etc, and the scooterboard paddles are another great idea to really build on upper body strength and bilateral coordination.

    Small scooter boards are 29cm square

    Large scooter boards are 40cm square.

    Colours - Small scooterboards are available in primary colours. The large ones are in primary colours as well as purple and orange. If you have a particular colour in mind please send us an email after you order - info@skillbuilders.com.au.

    These scooter boards are strong and stable, made with durable moulded plastic and good quality castors.

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  • Scooterboard Fun Deck

    $27.70
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    This new Scooter Board Activities Fun Deck contains 54 fun and creative scooter board activities which address a wide range of therapy goals. Activities include upper body and core strength, motor planning, visual perceptual skills, fine motor skills, and sensory input. The deck contains 54 fully illustrated activity cards divided into three colour-coded categories: Supine (Back) Activities, Prone (Tummy) Activities, and Sitting and Kneeling Activities. Each card front presents an illustration of the scooter board activity. The card back gives the therapeutic benefits, set up materials, directions, and other tips for using the scooter board. All in a sturdy storage tin. Cards are 12.5cm x 7.6cm.


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  • See-Me Tunnel


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    Crawl or slide through this ‘See Me’ Tunnel. Use alone or in a group, join with other tunnels for more crawling fun. Collapses down for easy storage. Essential for any obstacle course!! Now available in two different lengths - 185cm or 275cm. Both are 48cm diameter.

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  • Senso Dot Balls (set of 4)

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    The original Sensory Balls are still of the highest quality. Fun, tactile and a nice size for littlies - 10cm diametre when blown up. 

    Comes DEFLATED, can be re-inflated via built-in “basketball pin” receptacle.  Set of 4 colours supplied in a  snap lock bag. 
    6 months plus
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  • Stampabout Stilts

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    Made from sturdy colourful plastic and complete with nylon straps, these stilts will provide lots of fun. Each cup measures 20cm in height.
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  • Stopwatch

    $10.50
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    An essential item in the therapy or teaching toolbox!

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  • Therapy Ball Fun Deck

    $27.70
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    Therapy Ball Activities Fun Deck contains 60 fun and creative therapy ball activities which address a wide range of therapeutic goals including upper body and core strength, motor planning, visual perceptual skills, fine motor skills, and sensory input. These cards are divided into four categories: Sitting Activities, Prone (Tummy) Activities, Standing and Other Activities, and Stretching Exercises. Each card front presents an illustration of therapy ball activities. The card back gives the therapeutic benefits, materials, directions, and other tips for using the therapy ball. All in a sturdy storage tin. 

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  • Timber Wobble Board

    $57.50
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    The Wobble Board moves in any plane for the most challenging training. This option is made of wood and has a non-slip soft surface.

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  • Tools for Schools - Yoga Tool Box

    $33.00
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    On SALE while stocks last - Now $33 (regular price is $43.50)

    Each easy-to-use digital pose card features one or more photographs of children in the pose. The back of each card includes Pose Instructions as well as Fun Tips for Curriculum Integration with activity ideas adaptable for any grade level.

    • 50 Pose Cards with Fun Tips for Curriculum Integration
    • 7 Different Categories Featuring; Calm & Quiet, Energize & Empower, Posture & Flexibility, General Poses, Strength & Confidence, Focus & Concentration, Cooperation & Connection
    • Categories/Cards are Color Coded (Blue, Purple, Pink, Yellow, Green, Orange & Red)
    • Linked index for ease of use.

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  • Weighted Juggling Balls

    $18.00
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    These balls have a nice, squidgy feel. Set of four soft touch PVC juggling balls are easy on the hands and calming to squeeze. Size: 6cm diameter is just right for kids. Each ball weighs 105g giving plenty of proprioceptive feedback to help coordination, whether it's for simply practicing beginner ball skills, or getting into some juggling.

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  • Witches Hats

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    Use witches hats for an array of gross motor skill activities, as station markers, or as part of the activities themselves - to jump over, throw gym rings on, or weave around on the scooterboards, etc, etc. It's all up to your imagination! 38cm tall.

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  • Yoga Spinner Game

    $24.50
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    Give the spinner a whirl and perform the pose on the corresponding Yoga Pose Card. If you can hold the pose for 10 seconds, you keep the card, and the first player to collect a card in each colour wins! A fun activity to help children develop so many skills - motor planning, postural control, muscle tone and strength.
    Ages 5+


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  • Yogarilla Fun Deck

    $59.35
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    OTis, the OT Gorilla, is here to teach children traditional and original yoga poses in a fun and engaging way! The 55 yoga poses and 110 activities in this colourfully illustrated 15cm x 22cm card deck help children understand how their bodies and minds work together. Each card depicts a pose. On the back of the card there are directions, as well as adaptations for children not able to manage the standard pose, and also extra activity suggestions.

    Yoga can be used in the classroom, at home, or in therapy sessions to help children improve fine and gross motor skills, sensory processing, attention, communication, and cognition.
    Yogarilla Exercises and Activities Yoga Deck
    • 55 color-coded cards with traditional and original yoga poses.
      • 10 standing, 10 seated, 10 prone, 10 supine, and 10 hands and knees.
      • 3 partner poses (Two children work together in a pose).
      • 2 breathing poses (Improve awareness of breath and breath support).
    • Content cards include: How to Use Yogarilla, Benefits of Yogarilla, Guidelines, Props, Table of Contents, Extension Activities in the Classroom, and How to Enhance Communication.

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