Number-Line Balance Beam

Last year we built a small balance beam for free out of a piece of scrap 2×4 and two concrete blocks we salvaged. While it was functional, easy, and cheap, I was really eager to upgrade to something larger this year.

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This year I purchased an 8 foot length of 4×4 to use as the balance beam. I cut two 3 foot long pieces of 2×4 and screwed them to the underside of the 4×4 for stability. Then I painted the whole thing with some white paint that I had left over from another project.

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Once the white paint was dry, I measured out and made a mark on the beam every 3 inches. I then used a stencil to paint a number line.

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Starting in the middle with 0 and working my way towards the edges, the number line ranged from 15 to -15 when complete.

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The children can use it as a standard balance beam, just walking across it.

Or they can stand on the zero mark and move along the line based on the math questions I throw at them.

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2 Comments to Number-Line Balance Beam

  1. […] How are you planning to spend May 4th? If you aren’t Star Wars fans, you should still drop by Suzy’s blog. She has all sorts of awesome ideas, like this DIY Outdoor Balance Scale and this Number-Line Balance Beam! […]

  2. […] Suzy Homeschooler turned the number line into an awesome balance beam. Such a great way to work on gross motor skills and math at the same time. […]

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