Mini has hypermobility in his ankles, and flat feet too (though they have improved a bit), this means he can often run clumsily, and his balance isn't great. He's always had pretty bruised legs, because he just falls over lots! We have exercises from the physiotherapist that have helped, but it's one of those things he'll always live with. Having said that, practising balancing and walking heel to toe do help and games that encourage that are more fun than the physio's exercises.
So when I saw beanbags in Early Learning Centre, I grabbed a couple of packs, knowing that bean bag balance games would go down well. Obviously if you're so inclined you could make these, and actually I've a bag of beans upstairs and could have made my own, but well, it was easier to do this at the time, and if it goes down OK, perhaps I'll make some to add to our stack.
This particular activity isn't all that crafty, and actually it's not a balance game, but there is some crafting involved, and the balance games will come another day...this one is 'Beanbag Target Toss'.
3 pieces of card (the inside of cereal boxes is fine)
In the middle of your card, write the number of points each will score. We did 1 point, 5 points and 10 points. Ask the children to decorate these targets however they want.
OK, so that's the craft bit over!
Now place the targets on the floor - inside or out, with the lowest score closest to you, and the highest furthest away. (Blu-tack or tape them down if you have laminate flooring - lesson learnt!)
Each child takes it in turns to throw 3 beanbags. They add up their score, and then the person with the highest score wins.
This is a really simple game, but at the moment Mini and Dollop are playing it, and both enjoying practising their throwing skills (well, once I'd shown them that underarm throwing is better than overarm!). Mini is doing well at adding up both his and Dollop's scores. He sometimes has sensory problems - he doesn't like the feel of certain things (or the sound), but he seems to be finding it really relaxing sitting squishing the beanbags. My children are 3 and 6, but you could make this game more interesting for older children by adding a variety of targets, changing the scores to harder to add-up numbers, putting the targets much further away, perhaps even putting a timer on for each turn.
Would your children enjoy this?