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Sometimes a physical activity is so much fun that kids don't realize they're benefiting from it in other ways. Learning how to balance objects can be a fun challenge, and it also helps develop hand-eye coordination and light-footed grace.


What you'll need:

  • Any long object, such as a baseball bat, pretend fairy wand, lacrosse stick or small broom
  • Stopwatch or wristwatch with a second hand
  • Measuring tape

What you'll do:

Balance the bat (or other object) in the palm of your hand. For an extra challenge, try balancing the object on a fingertip. At first, just try balancing without moving from one spot. Then try balancing while walking, either in a straight line or -- even more challenging -- in a circle.

Use a stopwatch or wristwatch to time how long the object can be balanced before it falls. Or use a measuring tape to check the distance traveled while balancing. Kids can work toward increasing their time or distance record each time they play.

Balancing acts can also be turned into races with multiple players. Mark a start and finish line, and determine whether the race is one way or round trip. If a player drops the bat during the race, he or she must return to the starting line and start again.

Balancing races can also be held as a relay, with players forming two teams and using two bats.

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