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 Description: Toothbrush 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.
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.
- 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!).
- 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!
- Keeping Score: Keeping a tally is a great way to practice counting and introduce early Math skills