It’s warming up outside and Little One is loving spending time running and exploring! We do have a little slide climber for him but I wanted something that he could walk on and jump off of. So I thought I would make a toddler balance beam. This was a great project to tackle during the stay at home order because I used supplies I already had, meaning no trips to the hardware store.
For this project I wanted to use up some of the scrap wood I have laying around my garage. I have a bunch of spare wood from my basement renovation, for example, I wanted to make this as easy as possible, and I didn’t want to cut anything. Scraps only!
Like I said above, I didn’t want to cut anything. My saw was lost under a winter of things piled up. Needless to say I didn’t want to get out my saw. I had a 2*4 left over from my basement renovation that was about 6 feet. I grabbed three 2*4 to use as the supports, and these were about 18 inches long.
The first thing I did was take out any stray nails in the boards. Some were tougher than others, but I got them in the end. This board was a wall stud and was not in the best shape. I didn’t want Little One to get any splinters so my next step was giving it a good sanding.
There were lots of little holes and rough patches in the top of the board (I didn’t worry about the bottom). I used wood-filler to fill the holes and let it dry for a couple of hours. After the filler dried I took a finer grit sandpaper and gave it one last sanding.
The next step was assembling the toddler balance beam. I used a drill and made two holes in each of the support pieces, staggered a bit off center. Next, I positioned the two end pieces about 1 inch in from the end of the balance beam. Using a tape measure I found the center of the board and placed the next support piece there. I would recommend placing a support at least every three feet.
At this point you could stop and it would be fine to use. However, we get a lot of precipitation so I wanted to add some protection to the wood. I decided to paint it. I headed to the paint storage in the basement and found this light blue left over from the previous owners. Using my scavenged paint I put two coats on the bottom and the top. And it is done!
Little one has really taken to the balance beam! His favorite activity right now is jumping off of it. It is only 4 inches off the ground so it is the perfect height to practice jumping! This was an easy project and it didn’t take too much time. The only thing was that between the wood filler and paint drying it did take two days. I may have been distracted here and there, as well.
Let me know in the comments below if you make a toddler balance beam. I would like to see your results!