Wednesday, 25 January 2012

DIY Toddler balance board

Here's an easy project for those wanting to venture into the tool shed... why not make a balance board?
Farfar made this one or Freddy in about 5 minutes like this:

First he found a piece of wood to turn into the board (this is very easy in our house), then he cut it into a circle.  I didn't see how he did this because he was in and out of the workshop quicker than I could load an SD card into my camera, but drawing around a plate would be a good size.

Then he took an axe to a 2" wooden ball (literally) and chopped it in half to place in the middle of the board.  If you don't have an axe handy (who does?) a good idea would be to cut the last inch or so from an IKEA rolling pin (the solid one piece type rather than the one with handles).
The ball is then screwed onto the underside of the board with a single screw.
 This is the finished product:
 And here is Freddy (25 months) demonstrating how to balance (it's quite tricky).
Using a ball means that you can also twist round on this board which is fun for adults as well as children!

12 comments:

  1. I love it, forfar is a gem!
    We got an adult balancing board out of the loft at Xmas, but it is too big for B really. Another project for my husband, poor lad.

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    1. Farfar's carpentry skills are legendary but alas he is not always with us so when he visits with Farmor we work him hard :)
      I haven't seen adult balance boards before but perhaps you and B could stand on it together and try to balance?

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  2. Thank you for looking at my blog, we are a nosey bunch! How did you get a link from your name (mums net) to your blog? I really like this idea (add to my very long to do list!) x

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    1. Thanks Grace! I have sent you a message about how to do it.

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  3. Fab idea! I'm sending a link to DH.

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    1. Oooh thanks for the visit, glad you like it.

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  4. What a neat idea for a balance board at home! Noah would love this- will have to look around for materials but have never seen wood for sale here {although it must be for sale somewhere right?!}

    We are currently building a house? Maybe I can show the link to my builder and he could make me one?! haha. That might be a bit too cheeky!

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    1. love that - get your builder to make it! Our wood came from an old shelving unit in our basement. Good luck and send pictures!
      Rachael

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  5. Love this! I wonder if you could find the half round at Homedepot???? thanks!

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    1. You're welcome!
      I'm not sure as we are the other side of the pond but there is one thing that I know about America from my time there and that is that you can buy EVERYTHING in Home depot! There is nothing like that here. x

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  6. A wobble balance board is an excellent tool for improving core muscle strength, for recovering from an ankle or knee injury or for improving balance.

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  7. Hi there! Great idea for a balance board. I'd like to build one for my adult students to try out and help develop balancing skills. Thanks for posting the images!
    Cheers, Steve

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