It’s a Toss Up!

Playing physical games gives children opportunities to develop confidence in managing movement challenges.  One such challenge is being able to  perform basic ball skills.  Ball skills help children develop body control, strength and coordination.  Ball play also helps children to learn how to track objects as they move and to judge distance.  Today’s post is a bit of twist on a classic ball toss activity.

 

**Housekeeping:  Today we are beginning a new activity plan from Leaping Lilies with the theme of bed time.  A couple of weeks ago I explained that the first Monday of our two week rotation would now be a Reggio provocation, however, it quickly became clear that it doesn’t make sense to organise it that way because then I would not be able to share the projects that stem from the provocations (because those activities would take place on subsequent days).  That being said, from now on, I will post the Reggio provocation on the second Wednesday of our two week rotation.

Here’s one activity we did today from the Leaping Lilies curriculum

 This week’s Theme: Bed Time

Activity DescriptionToothbrush Toss: Gather old toothbrushes and try tossing them into bins (labeled with different numbers of points). Use a chalkboard, white board or piece of paper to keep a tally of points.

This Activity’s Main Area of  Development: Gross Motor Skills

Specific Skill: Throwing to a target

O&M’s Ages (at the time of posting this): 2 years + 5 months

 

  • Set Up:  I explained the game to the girls and encouraged them to help set up.

Point Cards – The girls chose the numbers, I drew them, and they coloured them.

Helping make the point cards

Helping make the point cards

 

Bins – Using bins of different shapes and sizes can provide an extra challenge.  Also placing them at different heights can help make it a more dynamic activity.

Ready to get started

Ready to get started

     

  • Play!: Use tape to mark  a throw line and start throwing to a target!  Encourage your tot to be supportive of other participants’ efforts (including yours!).
That was a high throw M!

That was a high throw M!

So close O!!

So close O!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Adjustments: The way we set it up was too challenging for them, so we moved the throw line closer to the bins, which helped our success rate!
Good try M!

Good try M!

You did it M!

You did it M!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Keeping Score: Keeping a tally is a great way to practice counting and introduce early Math skills
Hooray, I did it too!

Hooray, I did it too!

Keeping a tally

Keeping a tally

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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