A few years ago I did a post called "Busy Feet" about active students and a device that my vice-principal came up with to keep the feet busy and the brain attentive. While this device was helpful, it was noisy and it didn't keep the student engaged for very long.
Last summer I was contacted by Scott Ertl at Bouncy Bands about reviewing his product. It's different from the "busy feet" device because it allows the student to not only bounce their feet, but they can also push and pull the stretchy band. The resistance allows for the student to really work their legs and feet and control the energy.
The original Bouncy Band
I have been using the first set since the beginning of the year. It's made with pvc pipe and the inner tube of a bike tire. The tube is tied tightly to the chair legs and the pvc pipe prevents the tube from slipping. After two days, my active student had loosened the knots and they had to be retied. I pulled them really tight and haven't had a problem since.
New and improved version:
Scott also sent me the new and improved version of Bouncy Bands which uses a heavy rubber rope that has loops on both ends to prevent coming untied. I am very pleased with the results of this product!
|The loops on the rubber rope just slide right on the desk legs. If it's too long, just tie a knot in the rope to tighten it up!|
An elementary principal has ordered Bouncy Bands for all of her 3rd-5th grade students to help them stay focused and attentive during testing! It started with one class where every student had a set, but they were so popular the principal decided to try them for everybody!
Are Bouncy Bands only for students with ADHD?
|No. While students with ADHD are extremely appreciative of being able |
to move without getting in trouble, many other students who are not
diagnosed with ADHD benefit tremendously from Bouncy Bands as well.
Others who enjoy Bouncy Bands include students with: