Bashball

ball1Age: Preschool, Kindergarten

Equipment: Ball

Space requirements: Open space

Activity description:

  • Have the children set up in a small circle, with legs apart so their feet touch those of the children next to them. There should be enough space for a ball to pass between their legs.
  • There should be 4-6 children in each group to allow for increased participation. If there are more children, use multiple circles.
  • Without moving their feet or legs, children try to stop a ball from going between their legs, by bending at the waist and using their hands to knock the ball away.
  • If the ball goes between a child’s legs, someone retrieves the ball and the game starts again. No one sits out and everyone continues to participate.

Skill development:

  • Physical skills: sending and receiving an object; bending; reaching; eye-hand coordination; spatial awareness
  • Non-physical skills: problem solving; cooperation; sharing

Adjust the challenge:

  • Use a larger and softer ball to decrease the speed.
  • Play sitting down.
  • Use multiple balls.
  • Progress to throwing and catching.

Activity modified from: Sudbury Children’s Services Physical Activity Resource Guide for Child Care Centres

Posted in 2.5-4 years (Preschool), A-B, Equipment required, Open space

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