Have a Ball
Age: child, parent
Skill for Bub: Muscle builder, Hand/eye coordination, Just for fun
Playing catch builds motor skills – and smiles! Here’s a fun activity that does both.
Balls are fascinating objects. They come in all shapes, sizes and colours. Is it any wonder why children are drawn to them? Capitalising on this attraction develops motor skills, encourages physical activity and leads to loads of fun. All you need is a ball that is large enough for your child to comfortably hold.
- Start by sitting on the floor, facing each other. Teach your child how to spread his legs apart comfortably.
- Roll the ball back and forth, using the area in between the legs as a “goal.”
- Once your child shows a need to change positions, allow him to stand and throw the ball into your arms. Reciprocate by gently tossing the ball into his. Show him how to cup his hands and arms into a “basket” for the ball.
- Encourage your child to toss the ball into the air and catch it on his own. This builds eye-hand coordination.
- Add to the fun by playing ball to music – you can throw when a certain word is said or even play hot potato (make it positive by saying whoever has the ball when the music stops is the winner!).
- Practice numbers, letters, shapes and colours by shouting one out each time you throw the ball.
- Count how many times your child can catch the ball without dropping it.