Balance is the ability to hold your body upright and steady without falling down! This could be in sitting or standing, moving or standing still, with eyes open or closed. Balance is a significant component of child development and relies heavily on the vestibular system. Children must learn to balance before they can progress to higher level gross motor skills like stair negotiation, hopping, galloping or skipping.
Looking for activities for kids to promote balance? Here are some of our favorites!
1 – SO YOU WANT TO BE IN THE CIRCUS! 3 fun gross motor activities for kids that will be sure to wake up those gross motor skills. Come along for some awe inspiring fun!
2 – TIGHTROPE WALKING This activity features some of the bravest circus performers: tightrope walkers! Find your tightrope, get up your courage, and get moving with one of the most fun gross motor activities around!
3 – SURF’S UP Looking for great activities to address balance and coordination with kids? This one gives kids a chance to pretend to ride the waves!
4 – MERMAID TAILS Kids will love creating their own sparkly mermaid tails – and trying them on – in this imaginative balance activity.
5 – SNOWGA: A WINTERTIME YOGA ADVENTURE FOR KIDS Connect and warm up with your child with this sequence of calming meditation exercises and yoga poses designed to go along with Caralyn Buehner’s book, Snowmen at Night.
6 – CRANBERRY CRAZY A fun holiday movement game that challenges balance and coordination!
7 – A WALK ON THE WILD SIDE Kids will get a chance to pretend to be monsters while testing out what it’s like to change their base of support with this fun activity.
8 – SPOOKY SPIDERS: 3 FUN WAYS TO SPIN A WEB 3 fun spider web activities that will challenge fine motor and gross motor skills while keeping little ones occupied for hours! These games would be perfect for a classroom Halloween party or just go ahead and play in the comfort of your living room!
9 – PILLOW PARTY 10 great games games to play with couch cushions to build balance, motor control, strength, and proprioception.
10 – BOOT SCOOT ‘N SHUFFLE Little feet + big boots + fallen leaves = SO MUCH FUN! (not to mention the benefits of strengthening, heavy work, proprioception, motor planning and balance! :)
Check out our favorite toys for promoting healthy development of the vestibular system, which contributes to balance and movement!