This is a simple DIY balance beam for toddlers to practice balancing, which is a major gross motor skill for every toddler, and preschooler, to learn.
Use this beam at no real risk of you toddler falling and getting hurt!
I 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 definitely need it.
Making a backyard balance beam is so simple, that toddlers can even make it themselves!
Making a DIY Balance Beam for Toddlers:
Supplies Needed for your Toddler Balance Beam:
- Scrap wood planks
So, 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.)
Add corners where you like, you could even make a balance beam maze for toddlers!
How cool would that be? We love mazes!
Or one simple piece of board is enough, too.
Set up is as simple as that.
How to use the balance beam for toddlers:
Now that you are all set up it’s time to play.
Even more simple is the activity itself!
Just walk the line!
Another walk the line activity that promotes balance for toddlers.
Walk your way across the boards, and learn a very important physical skill.
And there you have it! A balance beam activity to keep your toddlers busy while building core strength and gross motor skills.
This is a simple toddler activity included in our 50 activities just for your toddler collection.
A simple balance beam like this will help toddlers learn to balance a bike to ride.
Henry is now older and rode his bike without training wheels at 4 1/2 years old. I’m convinced this contributed to that.
But this will also help them gain core strength which will hopefully, in turn, help them fidget less.
What other ways are there to practice balance?
- Walk the line of tape
- 20 physical activities for toddlers with lots of energy
- Tell us your ideas in the comments!