Let’s Play Ball!

Children stuck indoors for extended periods can feel cooped up and begin to bounce off the walls. It’s important to provide your child opportunities to exercise his or her muscles in fun and engaging ways. You can use simple objects around your house to help support your child’s developing gross motor skills.

Age-appropriate Adaptations:

  • Two-year-olds—Encourage your child to toss a playground ball, beach ball, bean bag, or rolled socks into a box or basket, such as a laundry basket. This is a great activity to encourage strong hand/eye coordination. It challenges your child to judge distance and how hard or easy to throw. This activity is great to do outside, but bean bags and rolled socks are safe to play inside, if needed.
  • Three-year-olds—As your child ages and is ready for more difficulty, move the target farther away or use a smaller basket. Another way to add more challenge is to use a smaller ball, such as a tennis ball.
  • Four-/Five-year-olds—Challenge your child to a game of corn hole. If you don’t have your own corn hole set, you can make one by cutting holes in a large piece of cardboard. Alternative games include ring toss and horseshoes. Encourage your child to practice addition by keeping track of the score.

Skills Supported: gross motor skills (tossing/throwing), hand/eye coordination, spatial awareness, counting/addition