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Bright foam balls
Rubber playground balls
Big scrunched-up newspaper ball
Children who struggle to catch are unable to track the ball. Activities in the Mini Movers app include activities specifically for eye tracking such as rolling or catching scarves or balloons.
We can alter the equipment to make catching easier or harder to support children’s development. You can do that by changing the size of the ball, for example a larger ball is easier to catch and a smaller ball is harder.
When you pass the ball to your child for them to catch make sure that you pass the ball gently in an arc or rainbow shape towards the middle of the chest so that they can have more success and so more practices to get better…and more fun!
Fluff balls and pompom balls
Objects that fit into children’s hands
Bean bags are great as they stop when thrown
As children develop they can throw small balls
Ensure they are easy to grip
These are better to use outdoors
Overarm – Hoop head height
Underarm – Hoop on the floor or spots on the floor
Big targets for lots of success
Overarm target – Pictures on the wall
Underarm target – Towel/basket
Lot’s of the Mini Movers activities practice underarm and overarm throwing.
For throwing, equipment needs to be small to fit into children’s hands. As children develop, they can throw small balls.
It is important that the targets are high or far away for overarm throwing, and on the floor for underarm throwing
Scrunched-up newspaper ball
As well as dribbling and kicking practice, activities in Mini Movers encourage balancing on one leg to help with kicking! As balance is a key skill needed for kicking and other sports and physical activity (see moving for sport page)
Fun, engaging activities for parents to play with their children anywhere