Give a Wobbel to a child and it has the possibility to become so much more. It's an invitation to play for both the body and the mind. It can challenge and inspire at every age. It's a boat, a cave, a cosy bed, a rocking chair, a mountain, a slide, a handy step to reach the counter and a road way for cars. It's a piece of furniture and a toy. Great for relaxation of exercise.
As soon as you get one you'll discover that everyone loves to Wobbel!
I know loads of you will have heard about as we have been talking about them for a while now at Baba Me so this blog will give you a quick rundown and some ideas on all the possibilities!
Basically a Wobbel Board is a large wooden curved board that is smooth with no joints. It is for children to sit, rock, stand or play on and has no limitations (only an adult"s imagination!) I"ve never heard of a child asking for instructions on what to do with these Waldorf style open ended wooden toys. I know a lot of Baba Me customers are new to the idea of open ended toys and so I decided to write this to help you figure out how you are going to sneak one of these Balance Boards in without anyone noticing why these boards are a must have for every family! So, 5 ways to Wobbel, I love reading comments on my posts so if you have any other ideas please let me know!
5 Ways to Wobbel " Baba Me & Balance Boards
Just Rock the Wobbel Board.
Children love these boards to rock on while standing, lying down or sitting. It builds strength and confidence in little people. When they first start they may tire easily as they are engaging their whole body to balance, but soon you will notice they rock for longer and longer. You can make a game out of timing them, although that would have driven my kid"s nuts. Let them rock! Rocking would also be really therapeutic to children on the Autism Spectrum or those who just can"t sit still!
Wobbel Bridges, Tunnels and Roads
The joy of the Wobbel Board is that it can really be used for anything. There are no limitations to all the things it can become for your kids. A huge bridge perfect or walking wooden animals over, as part of an elaborate road the Wobbel Board loves having cars driven over its back. Stack up some blocks and make a tunnel leading up to the Wobbel. Your kids can lie on top and run cars through the other side. Animals looking to cross a river, enter the Wobbel! The Wobbel Board can be used outside though if yours has felt or cork on the bottom take care not to get it wet! Why not add some lovely Ostheimer Toys as pictured here into the mix for hours of open ended play. Holztiger are wonderful too!
Family games (mayhem!) with the Wobbel Board.
We bought a Wobbel before Xmas to test it out in our house, any excuse right?! My 2 boys loved it! It wasn"t all cupcakes, Christmas Carols and hugs but we did enjoy normal family time together! Here are some ideas to get you started. We threw bean bags from my sons magic set to each other, the person on the Wobbel had to catch the bags " no easy feat! I took one of the popular Djeco Magnetic Fishing Games home from work one day and we took it in turns to try hook a fish on the magnetic rod while balancing on the Wobbel. Mr Baba Me was great at this, the kids walked away after a while and he stayed to complete the puzzle".. If you have smaller people in your home you could put an easel or chalkboard in front of the Wobbel and take turns to try and write your names. These activities will need an adult to supervise but they are perfect for a relaxed family time or the next rainy day!
Rest, Read & Relax on your Wobbel Board
Sometimes little people just like to relax! Do nothing, laze about knowing they have nowhere to go, nothing to do. Enter the Wobbel! Why not try out a few yoga moves yourself on the sitting room carpet and give your little girl or boy the chance to copy you. Throw a blanket and a pillow on the Wobbel and make a little nest for them to chill out in. Some paper on a clip board and a tub of crayons would be lovely for open ended creativity while they can relax and move about freely. Little people love to just throw themselves on things and explore what ways their bodies can bend, the Wobbel is the perfect platform.
Balance, Balance, Balance on your Wobbel!
Balance is "an even distribution of weight enabling someone or something to remain upright and steady". Kids have to learn how to balance before they can move on to other skills like skipping, climbing up stairs and hopping. Using a Wobbel Board helps kids improve their core strength, build their flexibility and develop their balance " it takes practice! You can start using the Wobbel Board with your newborn by gently sitting on it and rocking to relax you both. As your little one learns new skills and wants to explore the world further they can climb on and off the Wobbel Board themselves.
What age should you give your child a Wobbel Balance Board and what size?
As of 2020 there are now several different sized Wobbel boards, including a Wobbel board for a doll! For a very young child, we suggest starting with the Starter Wobbel Board. For a familly with children spread over a large age gap, the XL Wobbel is fantastic. We also recommend XL for children aged 6+ and adults. For all children aged 2-5 then go for the Original Wobbel Board.
Balance boards are overal a fantastic way for all to play, learn and exercise. Get up on one yourself and do an inner leg work out, or build some core muscle strength. Once you bring one into your life, the whole family can enjoy them, and you will begin to wonder how you ever did without!
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