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Activity Documentation: Balance Objects

It's officially summertime which means I can add "full-time entertainer" to my job description. For this reason, I am always looking for activities that are fun, cheap/free, and involve little or no prep-work. This is definitely one of those activities! It was a big hit with my girls, and therefore it was a big hit with me as well!

Macie started off by balancing a T-Rex on her head. She actually made this look really easy! We were all impressed by how long she was able to keep it balancing.

Ellie started off the activity by putting a toy cupcake on her head. She was so proud of herself when she was able to take several steps without the cupcake falling off!

Macie tried for a long time to get the cup to balance on her foot. She never got it to stay long enough for me to take a picture of it. I was really impressed with her determination!

Sadie asked Ellie to help her balance a book on her head.

She got so excited when it stayed on her head that she started running! Needless to say it didn't stay up there for very long!

Next Sadie tried to balance a cup on her face! This made her laugh really hard!

This is the look of pure concentration and determination! Ellie was able to walk a couple of yards before the cup fell off!

They really had a blast with this activity! Not only did I love watching them have fun, but I also really enjoyed seeing the how determined they were throughout this activity.

►  Activity
Balance things on your head, feet, etc

Idea Box

Age of child(ren)
2, 3 & 5

Length of time spent on activity (approx.)
20 minutes

►  Materials needed/chosen
We used random toys, but you could use other items.

►  Any prep-work? If so, what?
No prep needed.

Directions / What we did
I let them pick which toy they wanted to use, and then they decided which part of their body they wanted to try and balance it on.

►  Possible ways to expand on the activity
You could have them try and balance multiple things on their body at the same time.

►  What would you do differently next time?

What my child was able to do by themselves
My 3-year-old and 5-year-old didn't need any help at all.

►  What my child needed help with
My 2-year-old needed a little bit of help putting things on her head.

►  My child's thoughts about the activity
They thought it was a really fun activity! They were really proud of themselves for being able to balance things on their body.

►  Any other thoughts or info about the activity?

Sarah is a full time chef, maid, nurse, and entertainer to the three coolest little girls, who all happen to be under the age of 5. It might not be glamorous, but it’s truly her dream job. She's also married to her best friend, Matt, who is likely the most helpful and loving husband in the world…sorry ladies. Sarah has a love for writing, photography, crafts, sarcasm, and Mexican food. In her spare time she likes to…who is she kidding? She has NO spare time. Someday she'll enjoy traveling the world with her husband, but for now they will cherish their family game nights and their weekly date nights.

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