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.

Safety factors

  • 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.

Activities

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

Physiosupplies www.physiosupplies.com

Supertramp www.supertramp.co.uk tel: 01884 841305

Return2Fitness www.return2fitness.co.uk tel: 01508 570345

Norlite Medical Ltd. www.norlite.co.uk