Balance is a self-challenging game which embeds vital life skills into a child without them even noticing. It is often a simple concept, but whether it is a beam, a row of stilts or a wobble bridge the lure to ‘just try me’ is irresistible. Once a child embarks on a balance trial trail they return to it again and again until walking across the lily pads or the three beams becomes as natural as walking.
The features can be as basic as a row of tree stumps, but it is still a test and one that delivers, like all the equipment, important development in terms of training eyesight and concentration that will prepare the child for school and make learning easier. Balance also stimulates the imagination. To a child, the row of steps can become the only route across a crocodile-filled lagoon or pit of molten lava and this they share with others developing social interaction skills.