Looking for an awesome balance board for kids? We’ve got you covered with some of our favorites, along with some great ideas for how to use one!
Ask any physical therapist in the pediatric or sports realm what their favorite piece of equipment is and you might get this answer:
A Balance Board!
This versatile piece of equipment is usually made of wood or heavy duty plastic and can come in shapes ranging from rectangle to round. Some have interchangeable pieces on the bottom that can increase or decrease the challenge.
Balance boards are awesome tools for challenging the vestibular system, proprioception and even core strength and stability. You can use most balance boards in standing, tall kneel (up tall while on knees), and sitting.
Our Favorite Balance Boards for Kids
Here are some of our favorite balance boards and a few of our favorite ways to use them.
This high-quality, polyurethane-finished hardwood balance board for kids includes a wooden roller that slides underneath the board’s 19″ long track, creating a challenging and fun balance activity.
This compact, circular shaped board for kids is made of solid wood with an anti-skid pad for a secure grip. It supports up to 300 lbs and has 360 degree rotation with a 15 degree tilting angle making it idea for working on movement in all planes (side to side, front to back, circular).
At 17.5” x 13.5” x 3” in size, this lightweight tilt board for kids features a permanent, rocker style base making it an easier challenge for beginning balance work.
Our fav! This balance board for kids can play 3 multi-level balance games to Improve sound and color recognition, test reactions and reflexes as well as challenge balance, proprioception, posture and visual processing.
Ways to Play With a Balance Board
Pop bubbles in different planes working on right and left discrimination by calling out which hand should pop each bubble.
Increase the challenge by incorporating upper extremity movements like throwing, passing an object from hand to hand or around the body.
Try squatting to bend down and retrieve objects from the floor.
Work on a vertical surface (writing, placing stickers, painting, etc) while standing on a balance board.
Try it while balancing on one foot!
Provide auditory instructions for how to move or control the balance board. Say things like, “tilt it to the right”, “hold it steady in the middle”, “tap it forward then backward”, etc.
Try dribbling a basketball while standing on a balance board.
Use a balance board as a standing desk to help your favorite fidgeter.
Do you have a favorite balance board or a new way to play? Let us know in the comments below!