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Monday, May 27, 2013

How to Build a Wobble Board

So this project is kind of a funny one.  The original purpose was to give our little pet goats something to play on in the back yard.  They do love it, and play around on it all the time--but so do our kids--the human ones!  In fact, sometimes they all play together on it.

My husband put this together; here are his instructions:

Start with a piece of plywood (ours was scrap from our shed roof last summer) about 3x4 feet
Screw strips of 2x2 to the underside of each edge with 1 1/2 inch deck screws

To build the base, cut a 2x6 into (4) 5.5 inch squares.  Layer each one on top of the other, attaching each one with more screws (he used 3 inch deck screws here)  

Screw top board into base, then let your kids (or pets) have fun keeping their balance on it.

For more ideas for outdoor projects, see the Point of View post for May.  Share yours too!

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  1. This looks like so much fun- for all the kids. ;)

  2. This is so cool! Love that the goats get to play :)

  3. There was a park by my house that had these when I was growing up. They were so much fun, I loved them.

  4. Such a fun idea!! I bet your kids are loving it!

    I've pinned and shared today on my blog: http://www.52mantels.com/2013/06/summer-food-crafts.html

  5. My brother had a couple of these "wobble boards" when we were growing up, but they were prescribed by a physician and used for physical therapy purposes. Among other things, my brother had balance and coordination issues. My dad was handy, so he just built them. My brother's boards were small enough for only one person to stand on, perhaps 2' x 2'. I'm not so good with measurements, so I hope you get the idea.

    My brother also had another one that he used before he graduated to the one similar to this tutorial. It was also a piece of plywood, but on the underside my dad screwed one piece of wood to the center of the board that was the length of the board, so it only wobbled in two directions. It was a little easier to balance on. I wish I had dimensions and all the other pertinent information, but that was a very, very long time ago.

    I love the bigger size and that the goats and kids use them for play.

  6. We're going tomake ours rounding off thebottom stub for a more rounded smoother shape and a little larger for the tots! :)