|Babies||Walkers 2||2s to 3s||3s to 4s|
Overview and benefit
Balancing items is more than just a physical activity, it’s cognitive and helps children learn body awareness. To start, use something flexible like a beanbag and have him try to walk a few feet with it balanced on the back of an outstretched hand or on his head. Once he’s experienced success with that, try other tasks like balancing a small board book on his head or walking across a room with a small ball inside a spoon
- Bean bags, small books, plates
- One to two weeks
How it works
Children learn to balance a variety of objects on their bodies.
What to do in the class
As well as balancing themselves, children have to learn to balance objects as well. Balancing objects on different parts of the body is a great way for the children to become more aware of their bodies.
Do any of the following:
- Balance a bean bag on their heads, shoulders, feet, arms, knees
- Balance a scarf or paper plate on their heads while they walk about
You could use the bean bag song in this activity.
Adaptations for older/younger children
What to do in a nursery setting