Balancing Games for Kids

Best Balancing Games for your Children

Playing balancing games can be fun and very educational for the child.
Balance is a multi-sensory activity. To improve balance several systems
of the body has to work together. The vestibular system in the brain has
to work in close connection with the visual system, the motor system
and the positioning (proprioceptive) system.

Through practice, these
systems can learn to better communicate with each other and then improve
the balancing skills of the child.


Very often these skills are practiced with a physical therapist, but on
rainy days you can transform them into games or relays with more
children and have fun, while improving their balancing skill and get the
kids active.

Lots of fun indoor games can be made with equipment you have already at
your home or you can buy a few balancing games.

Home made balancing games

Here are a few examples of fun home-made relays you can do with your
children to stimulate their balance. They will enjoy doing them and have
lots of fun.

Balancing games for kids

Penguin Walk

All you need is a couple of beanbags, or you can make little bags filled
with uncooked rice. All the children line up at the start line and they
put their “egg” (the beanbag) on top of their feet and then they try to
walk like a penguin, without dropping the egg. The first child who can
make it to the finish line is the winner.
It’s a very easy game, but it is hilarious to see the children “wobble”
like a penguin and they will have good laughs too!

Potato an d Spoon Race

A hilarious and famous party game! In this relay game all the players
divide into teams and every team gets a spoon with a potato on it. Now
the children need to complete the distance till turning point and back
without dropping the potato and then give the spoon to the next player
in the team. If the potato drops, that player of the team has to start
again at the starting line. The first team to have all its players
complete the course is the winner.
A balance relay game for 4 years and up.

Hold the Orange

This relay game is played in pairs. Every pair stands face to face with
each other and try to pinch an orange between their foreheads without
using their hands. Now every pair has to complete a distance without
dropping the orange and it’s not allowed to use hands to hold it in
place.
A fun balancing race game.

Balance Challenge

For this balance challenge you need a piece of wide adhesive tape, like
duct tape or other white or grey tape. Make a straight line on the floor
with the tape about 10 feet long and 3 inches wide. This is the
balancing “beam”.
Have the children walk over it and like in Simon Says invent more and
more challenging tasks for the children. Watch their feet to check if
they stay on the beam. Useful tasks for their balance: have them walk
the line with a book on their head, backwards, hopping on one foot, or
with a book on their head and something in their hands and so on. Use
your imagination and have fun!


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Balancing Games on the Market

And of course there are also very funny balancing games on the market
for your children. Some are classic games that are still fun for young
and old and others are new. But they all give the child physical
activity while having fun and they train their balance at the same time.

Twister


Balancing games, Twister

Who doesn’t know the good old twister? Put yourself in a knot and try to
stay in balance on the floor mat.

Hilarious balancing and flexibility
game for young and old.
Two to four players face each other, with the plastic mat in the center.

A referee spins the spinner, then calls out the body part and the color
the arrow points to (“Left foot, blue,” “Right hand, yellow”). All
players, at the same time, follow the directions, placing the
appropriate body part on a vacant circle. Players become increasingly
entangled, until someone (or everyone) finally topples, and is
eliminated. The last person standing wins.

Sturdy Birdy


Balancing games Sturdy Birdy

Sturdy Birdy – Roll the dice! Strike a pose! Find the perfect
balance! Reggie the Pigeon dreams of a life in the circus as a high wire
acrobat. Now he needs your help to perfect 12 poses to ‘land’ his dream
job.

Players must master the 12 unique poses and be the first to make
it to the end of the line. This is a game the whole family will enjoy
doing and all you will do is laugh, while practicing your balance!
Perfect. Ages 5 and up.

Level Headed

Balancing games Level Headed

Level
Headed is the Crazy Game of Balance and Skill.

Level Headed is a great
game that can be enjoyed by the whole family combining elements of skill
and balance, with just a touch of luck.

Simply take turns to roll a die
to find out how many blocks the player needs to balance on their head.
Players can only use one hand to pick up the blocks and place them on
their head which must not be held at any point during play. The winner
is the last player left with all their blocks still on their hat.
Another hilarious balancing game. 


Whatever you chose, there are plenty of opportunities to get
active indoors and improve skills at the same time while having fun
together.
Change those rainy, boring days into quality time together and get
active!

The balancing games for kids described on this page are suitable as
easy games for kids to be played by groups of children. But on my other
pages you can find more ideas for fun indoor games. So I advice you to
look around and check the other pages. 

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