Homemade Balance Beam for Toddlers

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Balancing is a major gross motor skill for toddlers, and preschoolers, to learn. This is a simple homemade balance beam for toddlers to practice balancing along, at no real risk of falling and getting hurt.

I just read an article at Balanced and Barefoot about the importance of getting the kids moving (and why they fidget), letting them move, and most importantly, building their core strength. Balancing does that. And kids terribly need it.

Making a backyard balance beam is super simple, that toddlers can even make it themselves!

Grab some scrap wood from the garage or shop and lay out in the lawn.

(If you have clean boards, bring it inside for an indoor walk the plank activity, an idea from No Time For Flash Cards.)

Make a very basic balance beam for toddlers

Add corners where you like, you could even make a balance beam maze! How cool would that be? We love mazes!

Or one simple piece of board is enough, too.

A simple balance beam for toddlers

Set up is as simple as that.

Balance beam for toddlers helps build core strength

Even more simple is the activity itself!

Just walk the line!

Another walk the line activity that promotes balance for toddlers.

Make a balance beam for toddlers

Walk your way across the boards, and learn a very important physical skill.


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A homemade balance beam for toddlers

A simple balance beam like this will help Henry learn to balance a bike to ride (which he is now older and rode his bike without training wheels at 4 1/2 years old). But this will also help him gain core strength which will hopefully, in turn, help him fidget less.

What other ways are there to practice balance?

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  1. Brenna says

    Learning to balance on wood blocks takes practice and is a great way to learn. We set up a balance beam last week during our Circus week. One balance beam was wood blocks; another was a tape line on the floor. It took much more work and concentration on the block beam.

  2. Kristy says

    This is going on our To-Do Immediately list. I like the wood blocks idea, too, Brenna, in case I can't find the right types of boards!

    We do an indoor balance beam/walking path with those colored foam craft squares you can buy at most grocery, drug, and craft stores.

    I linked to this post on my Camp Backyard post. :)

  3. says

    I saw balance bean in the title of the post and automatically thought of kids balancing in the air… whew! Love the idea of letting the kids design the course. And super easy to mix it up with different shapes!

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