Balance Challenge

Balance Challenge

Closing Activity
The children's static balance is challenged while doing a body balance using both a ball and a beanbag.
Activity Information
  • Skill Focus
    • Static Balance
  • Equipment
    • Balls
    • Beanbags
  • Group Type
    • Individual
    • Small/Large Group
    • Special Needs
  • Activity Type
    • Body Positions
    • Balancing
    • Challenge
    • Morning Circle
    • Playground
  • Environment
    • Indoors
    • Outdoors
  • Space Allocation
    • Extra Small Space
    • Small Space
  • Special Needs
    • Able-Bodied
    • Physically Challenged
  • Physical Benefits
    • Balance
    • Core Strength
    • Body Awareness
    • Focus / Attention
  • Key Language
    • Ball
    • Beanbag
    • SIt
    • Feet
    • Balance
    • Head
    • Hands
    • Behind

Activity Progressions and Adjustments

Beginners  First have the children balance on their bottoms with just the beanbag on the head. Then they can try with only the ball held up with their feet. If this works well, they can then try to do the balance with both.

Intermediate  Have the children hold the ball up in the air using only their big toes.

Advanced  The legs can be held straight while holding the ball.

Special Needs  Follow the above progressions for this activity.

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Give each of the children their own ball and beanbag and have them sit in a circle or in their own space.

If needed they can be in pairs and take turns using the equipment.

The children start by sitting on the floor with a ball between their feet and a beanbag in one hand.

First, the beanbag is placed on top of the head.

The hands are then placed behind the body on the floor for support while the ball is lifted into the air with the feet.

Keeping the ball and the beanbag in place and the back still, the hands are taken off the floor and held out to the sides, resulting in the balance being on the bottom only.

Hold the balance for several seconds.

A book can be used instead of a beanbag and other objects can be lifted off the feet to add variation to the activity.

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Safety Precautions

Be sure to have adequate space between the children during this activity so that they do not bump into each other.


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Sensory and Cognitive Benefits

Vestibular-Cerebellum  Stimulation of the neural networks in the cerebellum (balance center in the brain).

Proprioception  Stimulation of muscle and joint receptors responsible for body and spatial awareness.

Differentiation  Conscious control of moving only one part of the body while other limbs remain still.

Visual-Motor Integration  Communication between the eyes, brain, and muscles to pick up the ball with the feet and keep it there while raising the arms.

Sequencing  Understanding the order of events to optimize the balance benefits.

Concentration  Required to perform this activity correctly.

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