- 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.
- I popped it on my rug and that’s it !
- 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.
Such a simple idea, but it’s great!
ooo, i love this idea! we have tons of wood in the shed, i’ll have to give this a try.
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. 🙂
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!
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! 😛
Thanks for the idea!
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 !
simple but genius!!
You are so clever…creative. Thanks for all you share!
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.
Another simple yet wonderful idea, especially for my little girl who needs some special work on coordination. Thanks so much for sharing!
Great idea! I bet he loved it!
Creative and Curious Kids!
Such a great idea! I’ll have to peek on our garage tomorrow.
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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 🙂
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?
Whoops! I totally didn’t read the first little introduction up top which answered both my questions. Sorry!
Leeanne A 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!
Jamie @ hands on : as we grow says
This has been something on my list for ages! So glad to hear you guys had fun doing it. We have so many boards lying around, just not very clean to bring in the house… maybe an outdoor plank is in order 🙂
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.