721: Lycra Tunnel

721: Lycra Tunnel
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721: Lycra Tunnel

Key data

Category: ACT - Active Play

Location: I (In library)

Age range: 3+

Number of pieces: 2

Number of unique pieces: 2

Pieces

1 raeco bag

1 green lycra tunnel with black straps

Sponsor: F17 Boroondara Grant

Public comments: Children can go through forwards, backwards or sideways and many children love to stop in the middle and just relax. While making their way from one end to the other, kids are able to develop and practice their bilateral coordination, motor planning, body awareness, tactile discrimination, gross motor skills and core body strength. Medium resistance can be achieved by a child crawling through by themselves, while a heavy resistance load can be experienced when a child pushes a 55cm exercise ball through the tunnel in front of them. The pressure provided by the Lycra around the child’s body can result in deep pressure touch stimulation. This stimulation releases serotonin in the brain, in turn helping children and adults alike to be calm, relaxed, concentrate on a task and moderate their sensory input. The tunnels should always be used on top of a clean, flat surface. For an extra challenge, pillows, cushions and other soft items can be placed underneath and around the tunnel to vary the base to crawl over.

Alerts and warnings

Common warning one: WARNING: Long cord. Strangulation hazard.