Balance Board activities
Use of a wobble board can help to develop balance, core strength and flexibility in the trunk and pelvis. These skills are important for general body awareness and posture.
- Check the balance board has a non-slip surface
- Make sure your child has bare feet or trainer shoes on when using the balance board
- Check the floor surface isn't slippery
Types of balance boards
- Rocker boards - these move back and forth over a cylinder
- Spherical-based boards - these move in all directions
- Some balance boards incorporate a maze or ball game for an extra challenge.
Exercises can be carried out sitting, kneeling or standing on the board. Time how long a child can balance on the board and try to extend this.
Rock from side to side - with feet firmly placed on the board, make slow controlled movements from side to side. Remember to keep the head up.
Rock backwards and forwards - slowly rock the board from front to back.
Circular movements - slowly rotate the board using controlled circular movements.
Games & activities
- Try getting your child to throw a beanbag or ball at you, or at a target such as a bucket or some skittles.
- Children can pass a beanbag from hand-to-hand while balancing on the board.
- They can also try reaching to clap soap bubbles or to catch floaty scarves
- Magnetic fishing games can also be played while standing or kneeling on the board
- Place the board in front of an easel or magnetic board and encourage your child to complete creative activities while balancing
- Play clapping games together while your child balances
- Get a balance board for yourself and see who can stay upright the longest!
Useful links/suppliers of wobble boards
Sissel UK Online Store www.sisseluk.com tel: 01422 885433
Supertramp www.supertramp.co.uk tel: 01884 841305
Return2Fitness www.return2fitness.co.uk tel: 01508 570345
Norlite Medical Ltd. www.norlite.co.uk