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Balance Activity Ideas

Balance activity ideas – good balance is the ability to adjust and control our body movements for daily activities such as:

  • walking
  • sitting
  • dressing/undressing
  • hopping
  • skipping
  • riding a bicycle

We develop our balance skills from a very early age:

  • head control
  • ability to adjust our movements
  • moving against gravity

It is also important to develop good muscle strength to aid core stability, sensory awareness and movement reactions. If a child has poor balance, they will fear balancing on items off the ground.

Try some of these balance activity ideas –

  • walking in a straight line, heel to toe (and backwards). Once more accomplished, try with a beanbag on the head and even with their eyes closed
  • kneel on all fours and stay still whilst you try to move them
  • crawling races
  • jumping/hopping – hold onto a chair first then reduce contact with the chair once getting confident
  • stepping stones – use coloured shapes on the floor (or even hoops). Walk at first then speed up, varying the distance/direction
  • ball rolling – roll a ball towards the child and encourage them to stop it by putting their foot onto the top of the ball
  • throw/catch – get your child into kneeling and encourage them to catch/throw to you
Balance Skills Activities

As your child’s balance improves and they are more confident, you can make the tasks more complex and challenging.

Other ideas to promote good balance are:

  • riding a bike
  • jumping on the trampoline
  • swimming
  • horse riding
  • dancing

Check out some of our other ideas!

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