What It Is
What It Is
Balance Bender is a new game in Wild Planet's Hyper Games line that adds a physical workout to a cool preschool game. The game comes with 10 colored and numbered pods. These elevated surfaces are the only places where players are allowed to stand during gameplay. There are five different ways to play Balance Bender. The first game, Balance Bender, has players stepping from pod to pod picking up the pods in numerical order without falling off. In Relay Bender, players work in teams to pass the pods and cross the finish line. Players set up the pods in a circle and try not to fall off while playing Spiral Bender. In Battle Bender, be the first player or team to get to the other end of the pods. Collect odd- or even-numbered pods as fast as you can without falling in Double Bender. The game is for one to six players.
Why It’s Fun
There's so much focus on getting kids active these days but sometimes it can be hard to convince kids to engage in traditional exercise. With Balance Bender, kids get a workout while having fun. In each of the five games, kids work their core strength and coordination while trying not to fall off the pods. Kids can even create their own games with the Balance Bender pods.
Who It’s For
Balance Bender is for ages 6 and up.
What to Be Aware of
The pods are sturdy enough that most adults will be able to stand on them. (However, most adults might also get bested by the kids at this game, who are lower to the ground and, arguably, more flexible. Still if you want a great core workout for yourself, go for it!)