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8 Must-Have Balance Games for Healthy Development

9 Must-Have Balance Games for Healthy Development

Every opportunity to play is an opportunity to learn for children. Even simple balance games are essential to their development; without an effective transition from basic balance and sensory integration their learning and reading development can be delayed.

Balance is the ability to maintain control of a particular body position while doing something, with minimal postural sway. This could be something as basic as sitting at a table, jumping on one leg, playing hopscotch or riding a bike. On a daily basis, we need to be able to do a whole lot of things, preferably without falling over, and this is where good static balance (balancing on one leg, or playing “musical statues”) and dynamic balancing (riding a bike or playing hopscotch) is essential.

What is seemingly a very simple skill has a direct impact on our children's ability to participate in and enjoy physical activity, which in turn affects their development intellectually, physically and even on an emotional level.

Here's a list of balance games and activities that children can enjoy on their own, in a group and in the case of a balance bike, in a gang.

1. ALEX Toys Active Play Monkey Balance Board

Alex Monkey Balance Board

The perfect excuse to monkey around, the Active Play Monkey Balance Board helps kids of all ages improve their balance and coordination. The board, decorated with the cutest purple monkey graphic, is designed to encourage physical activity by developing and improving balance, leg strength and coordination. It's easy to use and it can support up to 200 pounds, which means the entire family gets to have a go.

Recommended Ages: children from 3–103

2. YOGI FUN Kids Yoga Cards Kit

YOGI FUN Kids Yoga Cards Kit with Illustrations, Rhyming Poems, Birthday Activity and 2 DIY DiceYou'll love everything about the YOGI Yoga Cards Kit, from the beautiful illustrations and sweet rhyming instructions to the way in which they introduce yoga to children, and adults too. There are 40 cards: 20 with yoga poses and the other 20 with fun, rhyming descriptions about the pose. The kit includes 4 games, 2 YOGI dice and a birthday activity.

This clever little card kit does so much more than just encourage balance; it encourages little ones' imagination and improves self-confidence, mental and physical balance.

Recommended Ages: everyone!

3. ALEX Toys Active Play Hopscotch

ALEX Toys Active Play HopscotchWho would have thought one of the oldest balance games could still provide so much fun and develop essential balancing skills. ALEX Toys Active Play Hopscotch is a 23-inch wide and 81-inch long foam board that can be used indoors and outside, for endless hours of hopscotch fun. It includes 10 number tiles and 4 place markers.

The set is put together like a jigsaw puzzle and stores easily in its own little carry bag.

Recommended Ages: 3+

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