Trick Catch

Age: Kindergartenball1

Equipment: Ball

Space requirements: Small space, open space, on-the-spot

Activity Description:

  • Children work with a partner but every child has a ball.
  • Partner 1 tosses the ball up in the air and does a trick before catching (e.g., clapping hands).
  • Partner 2 tries to do Partner 1’s trick.
  • Next, Partner 2 does a trick that Partner 1 has to imitate.
  • After the partners have tried each other’s tricks, they find new partners.

Skill development:

  • Physical skills: manipulating an object; eye-hand coordination
  • Non-physical skills: listening and following instruction; critical thinking

Adjust the challenge:

  • Use a scarf rather than a ball.
  • Children work by themselves to master a trick before sharing it with a partner.
  • Children can string together tricks.
  • Children perform an on-the-spot physical activity before each trick, such as 5 jumping jacks or running with high knees.

Activity modified from: Active for Life

Posted in 4-6 years (Kindergarten), Equipment required, Open space, S-Z, Small space

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