My kids have rediscovered the rocker board. Pumpkin 2 likes to roll his cars down it. Pumpkin 1 now has the balance to rock it. It’s great exercise and strengthens the leg muscles as well as helps improve balance.
You can read about our rocker board here
If you’re in Canada you can purchase your own here and support a home business.
I was so excited to give this gift to my daughter (and son, though he’s only 6 months) for Hanukkah. I didn’t even have to show Pumpkin 1 how to use it, she figured out right away how to make it rock. “Wee wee, wee weee” she did it for quite a while. I turned it over and she then had fun sliding down it.
These are amazing, open ended toys that will give your child hours of fun. Too often in Montessori we focus on the fine motor skills, but the gross motor skills are important too, especially for preschoolers. A rocker board, also called a moon board or a balance board, is a great way for children to develop their balance and gross motor skills. In the winter we don’t get outside to play as much as we should and so I was looking for ways for Pumpkin 1 to be active indoors. The board can be a slide, a chair, a bed, a teeter-totter, a bridge, a cradle, a boat, a wall, the imagination is endless. And it’ll grow with your child. It’s a toy all ages will love (I even tried it out myself 😉 ).
Pumpkin 1’s favourite is to make it a bed (she’s all about pretending to sleep) and I have to rock it and sing Row, Row, Row Your Boat.
The board is made from plywood laminated into a curve and can withstand 145lbs of pressure. The boards’ edges are all rounded and they are finished with either a scratch resistant polyurethane varnish or a natural, non-toxic shellac varnish. I choose the shellac finish. It’s very sturdy and durable and will last for years and years.
This is one toy you won’t regret purchasing. If you google it you’ll see tons of excellent reviews for rocker boards. And here’s the great news. Tim at “The Carpenter’s Son’s Apprentice” is offering a discount to my readers! He’s got a wonderful online store http://www.thecarpenterssonsapprentice.ca/index.html He is really great to purchase from with amazing customer service and fast shipping. This is a bonus for my Canadian readers as I haven’t seen these boards available anywhere else in Canada and shipping from the U.S. is expensive. He also ships to the U.S. for my American readers. There’s still time to have it for Christmas if you hurry. Here’s the link for the promo: http://www.thecarpenterssonsapprentice.ca/Store/Store-MoonRockers-PumpkinsPromo.html