CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.
ALEX Toys Active Play Monkey Balance Board
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- Steady on your feet is overrated
- Promotes hours of fun and gross motor skill development
- Parenting Magazine Mom Tested Pick
- Includes platform, two sideboards, dowel, six screws, and instructions. Adult assembly required
- Recommended for children 3 years of age and older
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ALEX Toys Active Play Monkey Balance Board helps kids improve their balance and coordination. Perfectly sized for little feet--yet able to accommodate larger ones--this sturdy wooden wobbly board features an adorable monkey graphic. Designed for ages three and up, the board supports balancers up to 200 pounds, making it suitable for the entire family to enjoy. Easy for adults to assemble, this balance board provides durability and fun that can be used indoors as well as outdoors. Includes platform, two sideboards, dowel, six screws, and instructions. Adult assembly required. Recommended for children 3 years of age and older.
Improve your balance and coordination with the Alex Monkey Balance Board. Perfectly sized for little feet--yet able to accommodate larger ones--this sturdy wooden wobbly board features an adorable monkey graphic. Designed for ages three and up, the board supports balancers up to 200 pounds, making it suitable for the entire family to enjoy. Easy for adults to assemble, this balance board provides durability and fun that can be used indoors as well as outdoors.
Colorful Design Encourages Physical Activity
The Monkey Balance Board is designed to encourage physical activity by improving balance, coordination, and leg strength. To use it, kids can stand with one foot on either side of the board. Put one foot on the board before carefully adding the other and attempting to balance by shifting your weight from side to side. For fun and encouragement, the board is decorated with a playful purple monkey graphic on the surface that's sure to invite children of all ages to step aboard and try to balance.
Sturdy Construction Provides Durability
Formed of lightweight yet sturdy plywood, the Monkey Balance Board consists of four pieces held together by six screws. Once the basic assembly is complete, the board can support weight in excess of 200 pounds. Suitable for indoor or outdoor use, the board features a laminate coating on the surface to protect the monkey graphic from wear and tear.
Using the Monkey Balance Board
In testing, the Monkey Balance Board performed as described. Assembly took only a few minutes, and our testers (weighing as much as 200 pounds) found the board strong, supportive, and easy to use. However, the simple nature of balancing may cause some users to become bored after a few minutes of use. Still, younger children may find the activity useful for emulating skateboarding, surfing, and other activities they're too young for.
What's in the Box
Platform, two sideboards, dowel, six screws, and instructions.
Monkey Balance Board
At a Glance:
- Balance board encourages physical activity
- Adorable monkey design provides colorful charm
- Sturdy wood construction can support in excess of 200 pounds
- Can be used inside or outside
- Suitable for ages three and up
- Three years and up
- Adult assembly
- Phillips screwdriver
Top Customer Reviews
The boys LOVE it. I wish it was a tag longer but other than that, it is great. It is perfect for the boys and will hold even my husband and me (him 230 and me 147 in weight). I think this is a great toy for core stabilization and strengthening muscles to improve balance. The boys use it all the time and only think of it as playing. It works on carpet as well but I think it is more effective on a harder surface floor. I think that once you master the balancing portion, you could probably do different exercises and positions on to further enhance balance and strengthen muscles. Would very much recommend. We do a number of sports including soccer, hockey, skate, swim, and karate. I think it will help in all of these areas.
Like many shoppers, I look at the negative reviews before I decide whether or not I'm going to purchase something. And this is a case where one of the top negative reviews commented on the screws being poorly made. If you are like me, and didn't read the very last line of the product description, then you may not be aware...you have to assemble this thing yourself.
So, assembly was extremely easy, and the instructions were easy to follow and adequate for the job. I used a ratcheting, manual screw driver. None of my screws stripped out or were left raised like the one shown in that picture. Since I missed the part about assembly being required, I assumed there was a quality control product with her unit and that it came that way. Not so.
Now, being a somewhat handy kind of lady, who doesn't necessarily prefer to be handy, and has assembled a wide array of things over the years, I can tell you that if a screw goes in crooked or gets stripped out, it's generally because either the wrong size head on the screw driver was used or not enough pressure was applied, or someone is pushing and twisting it in at an angle. All of which will produce a stripped out, raised and crooked screw.
On our product, all of the holes were predrilled and they lined up perfectly, making this, it pains me to say it, a breeze to assemble. I've put some things together that didn't have guide holes drilled in far enough or at all. Those things...stank to put together, especially if drawers are involved. Eek. This thing? I saw no problems. And I stood on it and rocked back and forth, it takes my weight easily without creaking or giving, and I weigh 133.4 pounds fully clothed and with my shoes on. I know, because we were doing therapy modules for standing on a scale with my son today, and I didn't bother to take my shoes off as I was modeling for him what we wanted him to do. So I have no doubt it's going to hold up to his weight.
As I said though, I can't speak to it's long term durability yet, but if an unusual issue arises, I will certainly update this review. Otherwise, I'm so far delighted with this product and would encourage you to not be concerned about the screws.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent Xmas gift.