Kinderfeets - Balance Board Natural - Kinderboard

$169.99

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Please note: Separate delivery charges apply for this item due to the weight of the product. Please click on shipping and delivery for more information. 

This multi-use toy piece was originally used by many children as well as our Kinderfeets creator in Waldorf early childhood classrooms. It was created to help children develop a sense of balance, stimulate their vestibular system, and gain a deep sense of awareness of their body and body parts.

Our German beechwood Kinderboard is Dutch designed and it’s excellent for stimulating child development—both physical and mental—and offers open-ended play opportunities for toddlers, children, teens, and even adults. It can hold up to 220kg/485lbs! The Kinderboard has water-based lacquer and can be used both indoors and out, perfect for rainy and sunny days at home or in a school environment.

Watch the child’s imagination take over once their Kinderboard arrives. It becomes a seesaw, a balance board, a slide, a step stool, a boat, a resting place, a doll bed, a puppet stage, a tunnel and many more opportunities for them to explore. The possibilities are endless—and truly up to them!

The making.
Kinderboards look deceptively simple. Developed for use in Waldorf early childhood classrooms they're a simple but rather clever concept for developing a child's balance, stimulating their vestibular system and helping them gain a deeper awareness of their body and body parts. However, as is often the case with many of the world's most enduring toys things are never quite what they seem.
A Kinderboard's hidden cost and complexity begins with the raw material used in its manufacture. Each board is made using European Beech plywood; a heavier, denser timber than other cheaper options. This ensures it’s both strong and durable and thus will endure plenty of energetic play. The timber used is also FSC certified. This means it’s often more expensive than untraceable non-sustainably harvested alternatives.

A labour of love
However, before a board can be shaped, its plywood must first be manufactured. This process is surprisingly labour-intensive. It involves kiln drying raw logs until their moisture content falls below 2%, cutting thin veneer sheets from each log and then layering and glueing these sheets by hand to form plywood panels.
Kinderboards then begin their journey through the factory. This starts with each plywood panel being cut into rectangular shapes. A hot oil forge is used to soften each shape at a temperature of more than 130°C. The soften timber is then carefully bent using a custom built shaping form. The form holds the plank under tension until the softened wood cools and hardens into its final curve.

Patience is a virtue
It takes almost an hour to bend and set each board. This process involves an expensive industrial hot oil press that can only bend one board at a time. This obviously limits the volume of boards produced each day. Furthermore, not all planks survive the shaping process and must be discarded.
Raw planks that make it through the shaping process are then sanded and shaped by hand to ensure a smooth and elegant finish. This includes the addition of each board’s deceptively simple corner curves. Adding these finishing touches is a surprisingly time-consuming task.

Handcrafted from start to finish
The completed Kinderboard is then stained and lacquered. This involves up to four coats per board. Each coat is applied by hand and then hand sanded before the next is applied. Kinderfeets uses ecologically friendly stains and lacquers. These are more expensive than solvent-based alternatives.
A final quality review identifies and removes any boards which have developed significant cosmetic blemishes before packing and export.
Despite its complex and often expensive manufacturing process, Kinderfeets Kinderboards are up to 20% cheaper than competitive products available in. The simple things in life really aren't as simple as they seem. They're now just as popular with Personal Trainers, Occupational Therapists and Physiotherapists.


PLEASE NOTE - Unfortunately the flat rate shipping rule does not apply to Kinderfeets products. If sale is processed on our webstore you will be emailed an freight quote shortly after purchased is complete. Item will not be shipped until Freight componet is paid for.

We deliver Australia-wide, using a range of couriers such as Sendle, Australia Post, and Wizz. We will always choose the cheapest option, which will depend on which item you buy and where you live.

Generally, delivery takes 2-5 business days, but this does depend on which day you place the order (eg. weekend or public holiday), and how far you are from our stores in Northern NSW. Once the item leaves our store, we will arrange for the courier to send you a tracking email so you can follow the package all the way to your front door.

Please remember these are independent couriers who only generally deliver Monday-Friday during business hours. You'll have to make arrangements directly with them if you can't be home on the day of delivery, or if you want to make other arrangements.

If you live locally and you need an item urgently, you could consider our Click & Collect service, which is free in between our three stores in Lismore, Byron Bay and Ballina.

Please note we do have separate shipping rates for bulky and heavy items.

This is generally for items such as Ride-ons, Scooters, Magnetic Construction, Outdoor Games, Doll House and Kitchens.

Diecast rate = (Shipping "Rate 2" for 1 x 1:18 Car)

Shipping Rate 2 - $19.99 - 1-2 Kgs 

Shipping Rate 3 - $24.99 - 2-4 Kgs

Shipping Rate 4 - $29.99 - 4-10 Kgs

Shipping Rate 5 - $44.99 - 10-20 Kgs

Shipping Rate 6 - $69.99 - 20 - 25 Kgs 

Shipping Rate 7 - $119.99 25Kg+


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Kinderfeets - Balance Board Natural - Kinderboard

$169.99