Best Balancing Boards for Keeping Your Little Ones Happy and Active

I’m always on the lookout for new and exciting ways to keep my child active. There’s such a devotion, these, days to digital screens and television shows, I want my child to be happy, outside and enjoying every aspect of the world that there is to enjoy.

Unfortunately, I admit, digital screens and games consoles are extremely hard to compete against regarding levels of entertainment. The best way to encourage your little ones to get outside is to invest in a toy that they’ll absolutely love. And then, out of nowhere, I came across the balancing board.

These are fantastic! By investing in a balancing board, you can enjoy the best of both worlds. Most of these boards can be used both inside and outside the home and your child can even use it whilst watching the television, enabling them to exercise and stay active without even being aware of it. In addition to all this fun, balancing boards are also incredibly beneficial to your child’s development, helping them to improve their muscle mass, balance and even coordination skills.

If you’re just making your first steps into the world of kids balancing boards, read on to find out my handpicked top five boards and reviews which your children are going to love. Confused by all the features and specs of a balancing board? Don’t worry yourself! Scroll down to discover my step by step buying guide to balancing board features, detailing everything you need to look for to ensure you’re making the best decision for you.

Five of the Best Balancing Boards That Your Kids Are Going to Love

New to the market or just looking for a balancing board that your kid can call their own? Here are my top five favourite balancing boards for kids currently available!

1. Sportime Duck Walker Agility Balance Board

To start my list, I’ve chosen one of the simplest designs available but it’s so effective when it comes to giving your children a challenge that they’re going to love. Highly recommended for outdoor use only and suitable for children over the age of three, your child can now fall in love with the ability to walk like a duck. This is the perfect balancing board to help develop your child’s balance and coordination skills and is a great way for them to exercise and build muscle, without even realising that they’re exercising!

Once your child has climbed on board and found their balance, they’ll be able to rock side-to-side, backwards and forwards and even complete as many 360° rotations as they desire. The board itself is made from extremely durable polypropylene plastics and the high-quality design means the boards are virtually indestructible.

What's Great About It: The developers and designers of this board have obviously put a lot of time into designing a safe, multi-functional board. If your child’s legs start to tire from using the board hour after hour, simply tell them to jump off and place their hands where their feet were, enabling them to perform a ‘new-age’ push-up!

2. Diggin Wobble Deck Extreme Balancing Game

Now we make the transfer from one of the simplest balancing boards on the market to one of the most fully-featured available. The Diggin Wobble Board creates a new form of challenge for your child that you won’t get with any other board. The board itself is a plastic board with electronic components safely secured away on the inside. There are four exciting games to choose from which tests your child’s skills in the forms of; speed, memory, music skills and coordination and reaction times.

This means that your child can be physically active and mentally stimulated at the same time, giving them a tonne of development benefits that are unparalleled with any other board. The Diggin Wobble Board is suitable for children from the ages of 5 and above and was also the recent winner of the Dr Toy’s Best Children’s Product Award.

What's Great About It: The greatest feature of this ‘wobble’ board is the fact that the base detaches from the games pad of the balancing board, meaning your child can become engrossed with the development games and play them without having to play whilst standing on the board, giving you two play options in one convenient package.

3. Jfit 16-Inch Round Fixed Angle Balance Board

If you’re looking for a great family alternative that everybody can use, it doesn’t get any better that the Jfit balance board. More suitable for older children but younger children can still enjoy with parental supervision, the Jfit is a simple yet effective solution to traditional balancing boards. The 16-inch round board is made using the highest quality, completely solid birch wood and boasts a fixed 14° angle that tests your balancing skill.

The base of the balancing board where you place your feet is covered with a secure non-slip material to help you maintain balance whilst adding an extra safety element. This is perfect for child and adults alike and can be the centre of some good old-fashioned quality time together as a family, working out and having fun with the balance board.

What's Great About It: As you’ve probably noticed above, the simplicity of this board is really what sets it apart from the rest. The balance is created using the half-sphere which is securely attached to the underside of the board, also made using high-quality solid birch which means this board is perfectly suitable for use on any surface, indoors or out.

​4. Carrom Balance Board

One of the priciest balancing boards on my list but this board oozes performance and durability making it worth every cent. Specifically designed for children over the age of 13+, this balancing board is a great way to get your older children and teenagers up and active instead of slumped into a sofa for the majority of their days. Each end of the board has a securely stuck high-grip foot material and the entire front of the board is covered with cool graphics to set this board apart from the rest.

As well as improving your child’s balance, coordination and other development skills, this balancing board is ideal for both outdoor and indoor use, allowing your child to enjoy the activity, no matter the weather. As the board is more designed for older children, even you can get involved and make the board part of some family fun time, once again encouraging your kids to get active as well as getting involved yourself.

What's Great About It: One of the lightest balancing boards on my list, this design is easily one of the most durable. Made from solid wood, you can stand, crouch, kneel or even sit on the board, enabling you to use it however you’re in the mood for!

​5. Spooner Boards Freestyle

One of the most popular balancing boards available for kids on the market, the Spooner Freestyle adds a touch of beachside novelty to your child’s work out, giving them a fun and enjoyable experience that they’ll never get bored of. Marketed as one of the most versatile balancing boards around, the high-quality construction of this board means that it’s virtually indestructible, enabling you to enjoy its many benefits either indoors or outdoors.

Due to its unique shape and design, this is the perfect type of board, especially for younger children, who want to practise their balancing skills before moving on to an older board such as a surfboard, skateboard or even snowboard! Your child has the ability to use the board however they seem fit. They can sit, stand, kneel, crawl, flip, wobble, tilt, it’s completely up to them, making this one of the best all-around, flexible boards available.

What's Great About It: The Spooner Freestyle is a great starting board to encourage your child to get into the sporting world of boarding. The edges of this balancing board are slightly curved upwards, meaning you can fully customise your style of balance, either for a workout, just for fun, trying out a balancing challenge, or developing skills to improve bodily functions. Ideal for kids aged 3 or above.

My Complete Step by Step Buying Guide to Balancing Boards in 2017

Whether you’re shopping online or down your local high street, shopping for the perfect balancing board is no easy feat, especially since it’s for your children. It doesn’t matter whether this is even the first time you’ve heard of balancing boards, follow my step by step guide below, teaching you everything you need to know about balancing boards, enabling you to make the best purchasing decision possible.

Location of Use

The first aspect you’ll want to consider is whereabouts you’re going to use your balancing board. Will it have its own designated space inside the house or will be used outside? Or are you planning to use it in both? When shopping for a balancing board, many of them will be suitable for both types of use unless otherwise stated. A good way you can be sure is by looking at the material. Solid wood boards can be used both indoor and out, on a flat surface, whereas some foam or plastic boards may be more suitable for just internal use.

Grip Properties

If you or your child is just starting out with their first ever balancing board, you’re going to want to find a board with purpose-placed grip pads for their feet. This will help them to achieve a better form and better balance whilst using the board, helping them not to slip or fall off, which of course will lead to a lot more of a positive, happy and encouraging experience.

Entertainment

Similar to the Diggin balancing board in my list above, many balancing boards designed for children will come with some sort of entertainment feature which makes the board multi-use. This could be in the form of an electronic game, cool graphics or some other kind of visual stimulation that will engage your child. If your child dislikes physical activity or you’re looking for more ways to encourage your child to use the board to stay active, choosing a board with inviting graphics or entertainment features is a sure-fire way to achieve that.

Durability

Balancing boards deal with a lot of wear and tear from everyday use. From jumping falls and tilting around all over the place, you’re going to want a high-quality board that’s built to last. Solid wooden balancing boards are the most durable material and will very rarely break. Next would come treated plastics, usually smaller in size so they aren’t as brittle or fragile as untreated plastics. These kinds of balancing boards are also strong and completely suitable for children.

If you find yourself looking at a plastic board that’s relatively flat, thin or long, this can be quite brittle and would be the easiest kind of board to break from everyday use and is best avoided at all costs. If all your family would like to try the board out, always refer to the maximum hold weight figure that can always found on the packaging or product description of your desired balancing board.​

Family Fun

Balancing boards are great fun for all the family and it’s an amazing way to get everybody together to get active, healthy and to have a laugh. To being with, you may not want to buy a balancing board for everybody in your household, you may just want to get the one to let everyone have a go. Make sure, as mentioned above, you choose a good all-around board that’s suitable for younger children by has the weight capacity of a full board. It’s so encouraging to children to have them see everyone having a go and it will only make them want to do it more! Guaranteed non-stop laughter.

Conclusion

Whether you’ve only just heard of balancing boards or just looking for the ideal one for you, there’s never been a better time or has there been a wider selection to choose from. For a healthier, happier more sociable family with smiles that will last all day, find your ideal balancing board today!

    Sandra Cobain
     

    Mum of two. Child psychologist. Ardent admirer of art, crafts and cooking. She is the head of content for BestForTheKids. When she's not busy crafting posts & researching about compelling content ideas, she can be spotted playing outdoors with her two adorable children.

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