Catch the Skeleton

Age: Toddler, Preschool, Kindergarten

Equipment: Tennis balls, marker

Space requirements: Open space

Activity description:

  • Game requires one ball for every two children. Before starting, draw a skeleton on one of the balls using a marker.
  • Divide the children into two groups; one on each side of the activity space.
  • Put all of the balls along a centre line between the two groups.
  • On the start signal, children roll the balls as quickly as possible onto the other group’s side.
  • After a designated period of time, children stop playing and try to find the ball with the skeleton.
  • The game can be set up to play again.

Skill development:

  • Physical skills: sending and receiving an object; eye-hand coordination; spatial awareness
  • Non-physical skills: sharing; cooperation; critical thinking

Adjust the challenge:

  • Can slide bean bags instead of rolling balls.

Activity modified from: Healthy Beginnings for PreSchoolers 2-5

Posted in 18 months-2.5 years (Toddler), 2.5-4 years (Preschool), 4-6 years (Kindergarten), C-D, Equipment required, Open space

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