A balance board is a must for every toddler. It trains not only balance but also coordination, concentration, and fine motor skills. Since, among other things, the muscles of the legs and back are involved, this equipment is used on the one hand in therapy, but children can also greatly benefit from regular exercise with a balance board.
However, not all models are suitable for children, so there are some essential criteria to consider. Whether wooden or plastic, round or oblong, large or small — you need to know which balancing boards are suitable for which age and how a board should be designed for children.
What are balance boards?
Movement is one of the elementary components of human development. Activity stimulates muscle development and provides a balanced immune system. It is essential in early child development to exercise regularly and in a balanced manner.
So-called balance boards are toys that need to be actively moved or are designed to encourage toddlers to move actively. Accordingly, the use of these balancing boards is different. But in general, they are made of wood and present unique obstacles that little users have to overcome.
What are the boards?
There are balance boards of different types:
- Long balance boards. Children generally get along better with elongated, curved balance boards than round ones, as the balance has to be maintained only in two directions. The size of the product must match the length of the leg so that the legs can be placed on the outer edges. The longer the legs, the longer the board can and should be.
- Round balance boards are much more complex and suitable for advanced users, as a balance must be maintained in all directions. Nevertheless, with a bit of practice, kids can cope with the job. The following applies: the distance from the board to the floor determines the difficulty level. Consequently, the boards with a minor hemisphere under the panel are more suitable for beginners.
- To sum up, the size should be matched to the length of the leg so that the feet can be placed on the outer edges. Round balance boards with a flat design and inflatable balancing cushions are also suitable for children.
Ground-breaking boards to increase the sense of balance
The balancing boards should encourage the toddler to carry on moving and gently stretching. There are various applications to increase the level of difficulty. It can be done in different ways depending on the type of balance board. The primary principle always remains the same: the children have to move from one side on an elongated wooden board. The children then have to navigate through this not the easiest task and try not to lose their balance.