Balance Beam

Ideal for Toddler, Preschool/Pre-K, School-Age

Drawing of a soccer ball and an apple with a bite taken out of it.

Materials Needed:

  • Ribbon, rope, or tape (five to six feet)


  1. Place a ribbon, rope, or piece of tape on the floor.
  2. Walk across it once to model balancing and putting one foot in front of the other.
  3. Let your child try it out. Offer suggestions of arms out and looking ahead if they have a hard time.
    1. Too hard? Try hopping down the line with both feet.
    2. Too easy? Try walking down the line while balancing a book on your head.

Toddlers: Use the line as something to walk, crawl, or march beside.

School-Age: Can you create a safe obstacle course at home?

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