We’ve had at least five trampolines of varying sizes and styles, but no matter what types we have the kids love it.
It’s a place for them to; wrestle, bounce, scream, yell, and have a personal party.
Sure sometimes there are head clashes and tears, other times there’s anxiety over the amount of leaves, sticks, and other detritus on the mat.
But in the end the trampoline has always been a worthwhile purchase for our kids. Being they all have excessive amounts of energy to expend, and in each right they are all sensory in one way or another, it’s a great investment.
Even considering the genuine heart ache I feel at the prospect of constructing another one of these things, it’s always been worth the effort.
Kids with sensory issues along with ADHD require certain types of input and this is a great one for my kids. It takes a lot of energy to jump and run on a mat, plus when they’re all on the it becomes a great chasing game.
I think there’s also something about the mats texture; being of a mix between firm and soft, coarse and smooth, it’s almost soothing to the bare foot. Kind of like that scene in Diehard where he makes fists with his toes on the carpet.
Die Hard (1988)
Businessman: You don’t like flying, do you?
John McClane: What gives you that idea?
Businessman: You wanna know the secret to surviving air travel? After you get where you’re going, take off your shoes and your socks then walk around on the rug bare foot and make fists with your toes.
John McClane: Fists with your toes?
Businessman: I know, I know, it sounds crazy. Trust me, I’ve been doing it for nine years. Yes sir, better than a shower and a hot cup of coffee.
John McClane: Okay.
So perhaps without thinking about it in too much detail we managed to provide therapy of a short to all of our children in one foul swoop.
Young hearts be free.