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Balance Bender

Balance Bender

Spring 2011 Games
Ages: 6 & Up
Price: $14.99

There are endless games to be created with the Frisbee-looking Balance Bender pods. The set comes with 10 different colored numbered pods that kids can place on the floor and use to play different balance-related games. Whether it’s simply lining up the pods and stepping on them like rocks on a stream, or racing across seeing who falls over first, Balance Bender teaches balance, coordination, and focus. My boys had fun flailing their arms and trying to get each other to fall off while making up different games to play. They played follow the leader, their own version of Twister, and even stood on the pods, pretended they were ice skates and had a hockey game on the kitchen floor.

The only problem we had with Balance Bender is that the parents couldn’t play. The pods are sturdy enough for children, but if we stood on them, they felt like they were going to break. The kids really wanted us to play, but we didn’t want to crush the pods.

Melissa Strunc   ©2011 Parents' Choice

Look for this product at:
Wild Planet Entertainment, Inc.

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