Keeping Things In Balance25 October 2017
Balance is an important tool in helping your child progress with her gross motor skills. Here are a few activities that can help improve static and dynamic balance for your preschooler.
- Stand with one foot on the ground and the other on a stool in front of her. This is the primary skill in working towards balancing on one foot. As a second step, replace the stool with a ball.
- Stand on one foot. Make this into a contest with the whole family and see who wins by staying balanced the longest.
- Walk on a straight line. If she falls out of line, make her start over. This will help her ease her fear of falling.
- Sit on an exercise ball. Try to help her keep her feet off the floor, unless she needs to rebalance herself. You can do this activity while playing some board games.
- Stand on a trampoline on one leg. This is not easy, but is fun and a great exercise in balance. To make it even harder, have someone walk on the trampoline.
- Do it all with closed eyes. Balancing is much harder with closed eyes than with opened eyes. Once your child has mastered all of the above, you can start over, now with her eyes closed.