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Best Balance Board for Kids: Wobbel, Kinder, Waldorf Rocker, or Teeter Popper

You’ve probably seen them on Instagram – the bent and light-hued wood of a wobble balance board. Heralded as promoting balance and creativity – these coveted pieces of wood are super fun for open-ended play. Guaranteed to support the weight of adults and children and propel you into a lovely trance – no doubt usually custom and handmade in Germany or Belgium. Since there a few different brands and options, here’s a round up of wooden boards and one non-wood option thrown in for comparison. Compare the best balance board for kids: wobbel vs kinderfeets vs waldorf rocker vs teeter popper.

These boards can be many different things, but of those families we know who own them, they are mainly used as the balancing board/see-saw – either sitting or standing and rocking back and forth playing in. Or they’re used as a bridge/tunnel for other play – cars/animals, forts etc. Let’s be honest, calling it a slide or a balance beam is a bit of a stretch. Yes, it’s possible to be a very short slide and many kids will use it as one (harder with felt backing though), but so could some other random toys and furniture items in your house. :) Overall, they’re a great open-ended play item – especially for long winters! This post should help you find the best balance board for your situation.

Best Balance Board for Preschoolers and Toddlers

Best Balance Boards for Kids & Preschoolers

Wobbel Board “The Original”

The “Original” Wobbel balance board is made of pressed FSC European beech wood, and has a translucent lacquer. Dimensions: Approx. 35.4″ x 11.8″ (90 x 30 cm) and is a bit thicker and slightly more curved than the other boards. Purchase in US from The Wooden Wagon ($149), EU from Wobbel (79 euros).

Pros:

  • Look: a beautiful wooden toy you won’t mind having out in the living room
  • With $40 upgrade felt backing – won’t scratch hardwood floors or surfaces
  • Weight capacity – 440 pounds

Cons:

  • Price: $149 ($189 with felt backing)
  • Weight – 9.9 pounds
  • Better for older preschoolers or solo use – easy to squish fingers and toes while rocking!

Teeter Popper – Fat Brain Toys:

Here’s the deal, the wooden boards are awesome. If we received one as a gift from a well-meaning relative we’d be delighted. However, as a play tool I can’t justify spending almost $200 on a curved piece of wood that will sit in the house and undoubtedly just be used a bench for stuffed animals or an adorable car tunnel most of the time. I appreciate that it’s handmade and obviously very high quality. I would rather be spending some of that time encouraging my child to get into the real out-of-doors. That said, it’s nice to have some indoor “gross motor” play things. For now, we have the Teeter Popper.

The Teeter Popper is made of durable plastic. We try to reduce plastic toy purchases, but there are just some toys that plastic is a really great use for – and this is one we’ll be passing on to friends later! Fat Brain Toys makes some really inventive and budget-friendly toys. The underside of the Teeter Popper has silicon suction cups that “pop” as they rock – which helps keep younger kids more stable as well. Dimensions: 28″ x 11.5″ x 7.5″. Purchase from Fat Brain Toys ($36.95) or Amazon ($36.99).

Pros:

  • Affordable price – $37
  • Toddler-approved as non fingers/toes squishing
  • Won’t scratch hardwood floors or surfaces
  • Lightweight – 2.5 pounds
  • Popping fun – kids love it

Con:

  • Weight capacity – 110 pounds max so not for adult use
  • Not as aesthetically pleasing – but available in blue, green, or pink
  • Noise – if popping sounds bother you, use it on carpet or rugs

Kinderfeets Balance Board: Kinderboard

The Kinderfeets balance board is a more recent find. Almost half the price of the Wobbel boards, Kinderboard is lighter and a great option if you want more than the Teeter Popper, but not ready to invest in a Wobbel. It’s made of FSC European beach plywood. Dimensions: Approx. 32″ x 11.625″ x 7″. Purchase in US from Kinderfeets ($89) or Amazon ($89).

Pros:

  • Look: a beautiful wooden toy you won’t mind having out in the living room
  • Price: $89 – most affordable of wooden rocker boards
  • Weight capacity – 485 pounds

Cons:

  • Weight – 8.8 pounds
  • Doesn’t have felt backing option – use on carpet or rugs as it will scratch hardwood floors and some other surfaces.
  • Better for older preschoolers or solo use – super easy to squish fingers and toes while rocking.

Waldorf Rocker Board

The Waldorf Rocker is very similar to the Wobbel. It’s made of layered Canadian Maple plywood by Curvy Board. They also have different colors like blue and orange. Dimensions: Approx. 34″ x 12″ x 7″. Purchase in US from Bella Luna Toys ($149).

Pros:

  • Look: a beautiful wooden toy you won’t mind having out in the living room
  • Color options – Ocean blue, coral red, moss green, natural, honey oak, walnut
  • Weight capacity – 200 pounds

Cons:

  • Price: $149
  • Weight – 7 pounds
  • Doesn’t have felt backing option – use on carpet or rugs as it will scratch hardwood floors and some other surfaces.
  • Better for older preschoolers or solo use – super easy to squish fingers and toes while rocking, but at least it’s a little lighter than the wobbel.

DIY Wobble Board

There are a few DIY wobble board examples that I found on Pinterest and Youtube. Check out my indoor play board for ideas on how to make a DIY wobble board or skateboard style balance board. We ultimately decided making one wasn’t in our skill set or current tools and supplies budget! But if you already do a lot of wood working and have the tools, there are some pretty cool ideas.

And there you have it! Four of the best balance boards for toddlers and preschoolers.

Tip: the stock levels seem to fluctuate pretty drastically for most of these boards. So if it’s out of stock, check back the next week or check their social channels for info. Hopefully, this will help you find the best balance board for your family!

Have you tried a balance board for your kids?

Best Balance Boards for Kids & Preschoolers - kinderboard, wobbel, waldorf, Teeter Popper

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