You all probably know by now that our favorite kind of toys are open ended toys. We love having many uses for one thing. It keeps it interesting and relevant for many different activities and has my son coming back to play for months on end.
I’ve admired balance Stepping Stones like these from Jump Off Jo for a long time! I had seen them floating around a few of my Montessori themed Facebook groups and have added them to birthday lists a time or two.
These balance stones are great for a multitude of reasons! They encourage something we love: imaginative play. They can be used to step on in the simplest form, or you can switch up the order for something new! These stones could be the only thing that’s keeping you from falling into hot lava, or a pool filled with alligators.
Use these balance stones in an obstacle course or gather a collection of same colored items and encourage your young learner to practice color sorting. You could turn them upside down to hold the items, or stack smaller items up the little ‘steps’.
Let creativity flow as you and your child find new and exciting ways to play with these balance stones! The possibilities are unlimited with a toy like this.
These balance stones nest inside one another to make for easy storage, too. You can tuck them away when you’re not using them or give them a special home in the playroom to encourage open play. They take up only as much room as the largest stone, which I love!
My little prince has never been a very adventurous soul when it comes to jumping, climbing, or acrobatics of any kind. I was excited to try these balance stones because while I don’t want him doing anything that will land him in the ER, I would love to see him branch out a little more.
Since we got our balance stones the other day, I can already see a difference in his confidence when he is playing with them. He will rearrange them to best suit his comfort level at the moment, and then he hops right on! He likes to start at the beginning and slowly tiptoe his way to the bigger ones. At first, he gave up and cried if he fell off, but now he will hop right back on and keep going! While I took these photos, I noticed him persevering more than he had before to get to the top. Once he managed to get to the biggest stone, I counted to three and off he leapt! That’s probably the highest thing he has yet to jump off of. I’m seriously so proud of him!
These stepping stones promote balance and coordination in children as well as imaginative play. They seem like such a simple concept, yet they do so much to help train motor skills and build confidence! The muscles Leopold uses when he is stepping, jumping, or reaching from stone to stone are ones that will help him with everyday life skills like running, jumping, and even walking!