Kids balance board

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Project by jamsomito posted 04-11-2020 01:16 PM 904 views 5 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Being stuck at home with the kids is a blessing and a curse, more of the latter on rainy days. So I looked up some kids gym DIY ideas and this one was my first pick. I like that they can both get some energy out with it and use it as a creative adder with some of their other toys. It gave Mom and Dad about an hour of quiet time this morning so I’m calling it a success!

This is the first project in a long time I started and finished in one night. I just used various 3/4 plywood scraps from my hoarding, I mean shop supply. It took a lot more figuring than I anticipated, trying to find the right size curve and plate. The top was a 3rd attempt total guess and the curve for the fulcrum was from my shop vac filter lock cap. I also snapped my only blade for fine curves on the bandsaw which was really sad.

Oh well, if I need it on another project during the lockdown, there is a will and there is a way.

The construction should be pretty obvious, but any questions just ask away!

EDIT: Oh, also, I sanded to 220, it’s really nice but quite slippery. They found bare feet or some kind of shoes were best. I might actually scuff up the surface or put something grippy on it later.

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#1 posted 04-11-2020 01:26 PM

Nice quick project to gain some sanity back. I’ve seen my niece stand on one of these like she was a statue. I tried it and was not successful. Glad you said it was for the kids. LOL.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#2 posted 04-11-2020 01:45 PM

Haha! I did try it and yes it’s not as easy as it looks! I was more surprised it could hold my weight… But that’s a different issue! I’m more concerned now about a rolled ankle for the kids when we shouldn’t be taking them anywhere. Fingers crossed!

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#3 posted 04-11-2020 07:51 PM

Nice Simple project with a great outcome and solution.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#4 posted 04-13-2020 10:17 AM

Sorry about the bandsaw blade sir, Great little project for the kids & adults alike.

I made a half dozen about 10 years ago for the local community club were they teach gymnastics.

I used a half a 6” to 8” log as the centre pivot.

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#5 posted 04-30-2020 08:29 PM

another cool one! your indoor ideas for kids are giving me a lot of things to think about – we have 4 kids and a 5th coming this summer. I need to do a couple of these this summer so they’re done before winter rolls around and we’re all stuck inside.

-- Zach

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