Balance Beam with "Fiery" Leaves

We combined some gross motor practice with some pretend play today in a very simple way.

I dug out a 2×4 from our shed and placed it in the yard to be a balance beam.

We raked up some leaves to put around our balance beam.

And then pretended that the leaves were fire…trying our very best not to step on the fire!

“Oh no! Hot, hot hot!”

I also tried to show Big Brother how to “walk the line” with one foot in front of the other. We were partially successful. :)

Finally, our tractor became a firetruck to put out the fire…
*I shared this post on ABC and 123 Show and Tell.


  1. I love it! I think it's great when kids use their imaginations. So many children rely on adults, tv and video games to entertain them these days :(
    Thanks for sharing!

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