DIY Balance Board

To help Michael process his Proprioception and Vestibular systems better, we take him to OT twice a week but that isn’t enough.

At home we need to work with him often to help him learn to regulate himself. This is often daunting and exhausting for everyone involved but sometimes it is a lot of fun.

Case in point, yesterday we pimped out our balance board that Tim made a few weekends ago.

Did you know that Scotch duct tape now comes in fun colors and patterns?! So fun!

Forgive the horrible basement low light photos. 

This is what we did.

Materials needed (we had all the materials on hand except the tape so this project was only $7!)

Take your funnoodle and cut it to the width of the board and then cut it open length wise.

Wrap funnoodle around end of board. This will protect flooring, dampen sounds of the wood hitting floor and make for a softer and more forgiving “crash” on either side while child is trying to balance.

Then take your duct tape and start wrapping it around. When we first did this the funnoodle kept falling off and the board was a bit slippery. The duct tape keeps the noodle in place and feet from slipping. Twofer! The added style is a total bonus!

Then place your ripped in half PVC pipe on the ground, lay the board on top and let the fun begin!

We originally tried this without the PVC pipe ripped in half but Tim almost broke his neck testing it out. Way to difficult. So Tim ripped it and it makes it much more manageable and safe for the kiddos.

The kids worked on balancing for a bit until they realized that the board made a great catapult for their Angry Birds. Good times had by all.

 

2 thoughts on “DIY Balance Board

  1. Jess

    Awesome! My physical therapist is always giving me exercises for balance, and none of them are this fun–I might have to show her this for inspiration. :)

  2. Steve

    Great idea for a balance board…How long is the 1″ x 12″ board? You might want to include the length on your diagram above. Have you thought of the next step for increasing the level of difficulty? Thanks!

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