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Puzzle Balances


Physical: upper and lower limb coordination, reaction time, gross motor skill, balance

Cognitive: sustained attention, selective attention, visual processing

Social: awareness of personal space

Number of participants:

1 or more


hula hoop


  1. children are asked to achieve different types of balances by having a different number of body parts on the ground (i.e., two feet and two elbows, head, two hands and two feet)

Modifications to make the activity easier:

Change the environment: have the child hold onto a parent or adult during the activity to decrease physical demand

Modifications to make the activity harder:

Change the environment: have child complete the activity with another child and only allow one base of support between the two children to increase physical and social demand

Change the task: have the child hold each balance for a few seconds to increase physical demand

Goal examples:

  • the child is able to demonstrate 3 different balances with 2 body parts on the ground
  • I can balance

Activity adapted from video above.