Hereâ€™s a perfect rainy day (or any kind of day) activity. Your kids will have a good time decorating this balance toy and finding things to get it to stabilize.
Supplies youâ€™ll need:
- Thick cardboard
- Craft knife
- Paint or markers
- Hole punch
- Paper clip
- Washers and/or nuts
- First draw a circle on the cardboard.Â An 8â€ salad plate works great as a stencil for this.Â Sketch the following pattern onto the circle then cut out.Â
- Punch a hole near the bottom tip.Â Decorate the balance toy with paint or whatever medium you prefer.Â Allow to dry.
- Then open up a paper clip so that it looks like a narrow S.Â Hook one end into the hole.Â And thatâ€™s it! Youâ€™re ready to play with your new balance toy.
Set your finger under the middle point and feed on some washers or nuts onto the paper clip hook.Â How many pieces do you need to balance it out?Â This balance toy makes an excellent key holder as well.
Just be sure to keep one washer on at all times if you do.Â You can find out why on your own.
4 thoughts on “Balance Toy”
I love this idea. How wonderfully simple and yet intriguing. Now can I realistically get the right measurements to make one. Hmmm!
How beautiful and fun! Thank you for sharing this wonderful post with the Weekly Kid’s Co-op. I’m Pauline and I blog over at http://lessonslearntjournal.com. I will feature this post as part of my roundup of this week’s linky party and also pin a picture from your post onto our very popular Weekly Kids’ Co-op Pinterest board :).
@Monko I pretty much eye-balled the measurements after using a dinner dish for the outer rim.
@Pauline Thanks a ton! As usual, I’m looking forward to this week’s Kid’s Co-op :)