5 Ways to Use a Yoga Mat in Pediatric PT (other than for Yoga or Pilate’s)

Since a lot of pediatric physical therapists tend to travel between patients’ homes or between schools, we have to get creative with less equipment.  So here is 1 of my tips to use:

Supplies you need:

Painter’s tape– I like to use the standard blue painter’s tape.  I like this tape because it is easier to remove than duct tape and can be taped to most surfaces without doing any damage.

Fun duct tape– I got this fun gummi bears one and a green one so all my kiddos would like it

Yoga mat

Some towels or shirts or any soft item

1- Make it a roll for tummy time. You can change the height of the roll if you roll it up length wise vs width wise. Then hold it in place using the painter’s tape.


2- Make it an uneven surface to practice walking, standing balance, and body awareness. I use towels or shirts or soft toys under the mat for different height obstacles.


3- Make it a raised balance beam by rolling it length wise and holding it in place with painter’s tape.

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4- Make it a raised obstacle to step over by keeping it in the rolled up shape from #3 and then folding it into a smaller rectangle shape.



5- Make it be any path you want your kiddo to make by using the duct tape.
I pre-tape the duct tape to itself and then tape it to the mat with painter’s tape so I can reuse my strips for other treatment sessions.




You can them have your kiddo pick what they want to do, or help you make a new path with duct tape.

You can also use it to practice jumping from section to section, or for single leg balance while trying to stand in a shape.


Are there any other ways you use yoga mats for play?

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6 replies

  1. tnx – nice idea! I luv yogamats, because of their sticky-ness: 4 crawling babies, yogamat on stairs is wonderful. blessings ruti


  2. Cut to fit on chairs for sensory input and no-slip surface to help with posture



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