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Balancing Board

by Trish Kuffner, author of The Preschooler's Busy Book

Give your child practice with balancing, using a homemade balancing board.


  • Board measuring about 8 inches wide by 6 feet long
  • Magazines or books


  1. Place a board across two piles of magazines or books (books will be less slippery than glossy magazines).
  2. Have your child practice keeping her balance by walking across the board.
  3. As your child grows more steady, you can place one end on a chair and she can walk up it, or place it across two chairs as she grows even more bold.
  4. Remember: The higher you build the balance beam, the more supervision your child will need.