Homemade Balance Beam

homemade balance beam
Activities like this are insanely easy to do , and so beneficial. Using a balance beam is a great gross motor activity that of course encourages development of balance but it also is fantastic at confidence building, and you don’t need to go to a gym class to do all that!

  1. Gather your materials. I am using a left over 2 x 4 my husband had in the garage. I made sure it was smooth before bringing it inside.
  2. I popped it on my rug and that’s it !
  3. We pretended to be pirates walking the plank, sneaky foxes on our tippy toes and played follow the leader all using this little piece of wood.
Sometimes the very simplest things are the most fun !



  1. Annie's Alphabet says

    I love your blog! Great Ideas! We do this outside too with many pieces of wood.
    I put your button on my blog. :)

  2. Beverly says

    Oh this is a great idea! Noah loves doing this with his physical therapist but I will need to do that here at home! Thanks!

  3. Where's The Aspirin? says

    Great idea. The kids will love it. I only hope they don’t try to use it on each other! 😛

  4. Allie says

    Funny you should say that I was worried that my son would try to pick it up the first time we did it a while back. He has no one to smack it with except me though so I would watch anyone carefully !

  5. Anne says

    my husband has one that his great grand father made. We got it out a couple of months ago and everyone from my 5 year old to his 84 year old great grandfather tried it.

  6. Lori says

    Another simple yet wonderful idea, especially for my little girl who needs some special work on coordination. Thanks so much for sharing!

  7. Ashlyn Brunson says

    That sounds great! My two year old loves balancing on the arm of the sofa (I am so scared he will fall, so I stand right next to him), so I’m sure he will love this activity. It is also something he can do without me worrying he is going to break his neck :)

  8. Ashlyn says

    Hey look someone has my name and her son is two! Besides that, I have a question. Did you actually go buy that piece of wood or just had it sitting around. I was just curious because I didn’t want to go buy the wood. Also, did you sand down the edges or sides at all?


    • Ashlyn says

      Whoops! I totally didn’t read the first little introduction up top which answered both my questions. Sorry!

  9. says

    Balance beams on line are so expensive – so this is a great alternative! I have a toddler classroom so this would be just right for them! I want to link your Idea on my facebook page!

  10. admin says

    I love when old posts get revived – it reminds me to do it with my daughter . I still have this piece of wood and I am going to grab it out tomorrow.


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