10 homeschool seating options for kids who love to wiggle
Flexible seating choices to help them concentrate.
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School is almost in session, but not everyone will be returning to a traditional classroom this year. Whether you’ve chosen to homeschool your child or your school district has made the decision to go online, distance learning can present challenges. To ensure your virtual classroom is a successful one, consider adding a flexible seating option.
Considered an alternative to students sitting in the same spot for a prolonged period, flexible seating utilizes non-conventional seating options (like bean bags or yoga balls). Benefits include improving core strength, focus, and overall comfort for a better learning experience. To help you choose the best option for your virtual classroom, we compiled some of our favorite flexible seating options.
1. A yoga ball that promotes healthy posture and mind
Your little one needs no prior knowledge of downward dog or vinyasa to enjoy the full benefits of Gaiam’s Kids Stay-in-Play Ball. Available in multiple colors and prints to suit your child’s personality, the ball features five soft stabilizing legs that keep it in place. Use in your virtual classroom to help your student focus better and improve their posture.
2. An ergonomic stool with a colorful look
Designed more for functionality than aesthetic, ergonomic seating has long had a reputation for looking sterile and unattractive. Thankfully, that’s not the case with KidsErgo Ergonomic Stool. Made from durable plastic, the stool’s bold contemporary design makes it great for engaging core muscles and strengthening gross motor development while your child is learning. The only issue you’ll have is picking which of the seven fun color options you and your little one like best.
3. A balance ball that’s as cute as it is practical
Polar bears, panda bears, and brown bears, oh my! Vivora’s Sitting Ball is the perfect classroom seating option for your own little bear cub. The posture-activating ball is not only adorable but gives your child an outlet to unleash any restlessness, anxiety, and hyperactivity. Available in both large and small sizes, the anti-burst ball comes with a pump and features an anti-slip base, ear handles, and Vivora’s patented self-standing design.
4. A seating option that really rocks
For some children, sitting at a desk for hours on end can make it difficult to concentrate on the task at hand. To change things up, try the Zuma Series Floor Rocker. The contoured chair, which comes in two size options and a variety of fun colors, flexes, and rocks to create a more comfortable learning environment for your child and allow for better concentration.
5. An inflatable ball that multi-tasks
Looking for a seating option that can pull double duty? Then look no further than the Milliard Peanut Ball. This fun-shaped inflatable ball is made from anti-burst rubber and is available in multiple size options and colors. Use it to improve your child’s posture and core muscles while they learn that day’s lesson, then turnaround and incorporate it into playtime as a way for them to strengthen their gross motor skills. Ride it like a horse or play hot potato. You can do just about anything with it.
6. A stability disc that is easy to store
Not everyone has space in their home for a dedicated classroom or extra seating. Luckily, Therapist’s Choice Inflated Air-Filled Stability Balance Disc doesn’t require much room. The budget-friendly seating option can be used with any child’s chair you already own or on the floor by itself to promote core stability, strengthen muscle tone, and improve balance and body posture. At the end of the school day, you can put it away without it claiming too much space in your home.
7. A stool that lets your child fidget freely
If your child has excess energy to burn, finding the right seating option can make all the difference in whether or not they have a successful school year. To help them better concentrate on their studies, try the Wobble Chair by Lakeshore Learning. The specially-designed stool, which is available in three different heights, features a rounded base that gives children the ability to wiggle and wobble freely as they work without fear of falling over.
8. A bean bag chair that also doubles as storage
For parents overwhelmed by their child’s massive collection of stuffed animals, here’s a way to finally put them to good use in your virtual classroom. Made from premium cotton canvas, the Stuffed Animal Storage Bean Bag Chair is designed to double as both a chair and toy storage. The chair, which comes in a variety of solid and print fabrics, can hold up to 195 small plush toys or 110 medium stuffed toys. Use it as a flexible seating option during story time or even as a place for your child to lay during a much-needed nap break.
9. A hybrid seating option for everywhere
On the couch or on the floor, the ECR4Kids Surf Portable Lap Desk allows your child to comfortably learn wherever they are. The Surf, which comes in eight color options, combines a portable writing desk with a chair in a sleek design that is more modern than juvenile. It also meets our three big requirements of good flexible seating: easy to clean, easy to transport, and easy to store.
10. Flexible seating for a full house
While flexible seating is a great tool to utilize in your virtual classroom, it can also be pricey depending on what seating you choose and if you have multiple children. To save money, look for seating sold in bulk (like the Pearington Plastic Stool Stackable Stools). Sold in sets of five, these colorful stools (which come out to $10 apiece) are lightweight and feature a plastic and steel frame that can be easily wiped down. The stools can also be stacked on top of each other, which makes it easy for you to store or put them away after the school day is done.
Prices were accurate at the time this article was published but may change over time.