Spring Bouncing Horses: The Cure For The "Energizer Bunny" In Your Child

So, your little munchkin has the personality of the "Energizer Bunny", huh? Well, spring bouncing horses will give them the sensory input and "relief" they are trying to get!

Let me explain...

You see, when a child is constantly on-the-go, hardly stopping to eat, drink, or sleep, it may be (quite likely in fact) they have a sensory processing disorder of the vestibular (movement input) or proprioceptive (input to the muscles and joints) sense.

As a mom, as an Occupational Therapist working with children for years, and as a member of society, I've seen it happen time and time again... a child is "hyperactive", can't seem to sit still, can't focus, is constantly moving, spinning, shaking, crashing etc. and our natural instinct is to say "stop it" and punish them by making them sit still or by taking away recess or play time.

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Well... Here's The Problem... 

From a sensory processing/sensory integration standpoint, we are actually making the problem worse by doing this! The problem is that their nervous system is absolutely craving and screaming for more input! In order to calm them down, we need to give them more.

It is the opposite of what our gut tells us to do, I know (especially because it can be so bothersome and frustrating). But, believe me... it works. (For more on this, check out sensory integration dysfunction symptoms.

And Here Is The Solution...

It is with this theory in mind that I introduce you to spring bouncing horses. Some children, many children, love to bounce. Whether a child has a sensory processing disorder or not... as Tigger says, "bouncing is what Tiggers do best"... and most kids love to be like Tiggers!

Admit it, bouncing is fun, even for adults. Don't tell me you don't enjoy (or wish you could enjoy) jumping in those "moon walks" or on the trampoline with your kids...don't worry, your secret is safe with me ;0)

Well, children need and love movement. We can easily give them that year round, 24/7 opportunity with spring rocking horse toys!

It's weird, people call them different things... spring bouncing horses, spring rocking horse toys, spring horses, a toy spring horse, hobby horse, or a bouncing spring horse. But, we all mean the same thing, as you will see from the pictures below.

Maybe you were lucky enough to have a spring bouncing horse as a kid...I know I was! And, I know I got on that spring horse every chance I had (since it was "technically" my brother's, it wasn't as often as I would have liked). Kids spring horses are just plain, old fun! We named ours, we rode it pretending to be cowboys and cowgirls, we showed off on it, we watched tv on it, etc. Needless to say, with four kids in the family, it got used a lot and held up through it all... a reliable, faithful friend.

That, of course, was back 25-30 years ago... it was attractive and durable then. The spring bouncing horses are so much prettier, more unique, more detailed, more durable, and more realistic than they were then... "we've come a long way baby!" (I think I may even be jealous). They even have bouncing spring horses with sounds! How cool is that?  

So, whatever style your child prefers, whatever age they are, whatever horse has their favorite name, rest assured you can find a great selection of spring bouncing horses online. You will find very reasonable prices for great quality that will last through the use and abuse it will get. Remember, the "Energizer Bunny" needs to wear out his batteries eventually. Help your child get the vestibular and proprioceptive input he craves with a toy spring horse. Check out these great bouncing spring horses below. Bounce away my little chickadees!

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