Are you looking for something a little different to add to your gross motor stations? Maybe you need some fresh ideas on how to challenge balance? Maybe you want a fun party game? You need to try these fun ways to challenge balance with cardboard blocks. This activity is simple to set up and can be easily adapted to increase or decrease the level of balance challenge.
Balance Challenge – Using Cardboard Blocks
Cardboard blocks can be found in most schools. Check with the preschool or kindergarten classrooms. There is a good chance you may just find some. Not in a school? These are my (affiliate link see full disclosure) personal blocks and the ones that are used in the pictures along with the video.
Start by stacking the blocks. Have the kiddo do this. Don’t forget the squatting action of stacking blocks is good in itself! Make the stack as high as you like. The higher the greater the challenge. You may want to start small and increase your stack to increase the balance challenge.
Start simple with toe taps. With each block added to the stack have the child tap there toe on top. Do this on each side.
Try kicking one block off at a time starting at the top! If it’s too difficult decrease your stack. Put your kicking foot down between each block if you needed. To increase the balance challenge keep your kicking foot off the floor the entire time. Do this on both sides.
Try alternating feet with each kick to add a motor planning component as well as challenge balance on both sides.
Don’t worry if it doesn’t go perfect! Keep practicing and working on those balance skills! Most of all have fun with the cardboard blocks balance challenge!
See even more ideas for balance exercises for kids from Pink Oatmeal.
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