|Babies||Walkers 2||2s to 3s||3s to 4s|
Overview and benefit
From about 18 months old, a toddler will start to get the hang of using thei whole arm to throw a ball. But catching is more difficult and doesn’t tend to develop until the age of around 3.
Throwing is usually learn in stages from rolling a ball, to bouncing a ball and then throwing underarm. Finally children learn how to throw over arm.
- Soft sponge balls or small balloons
- Up to three weeks
How it works
Children will have the opportunity to practise their throwing skills using soft balls or balloons.
What to do in the class
Give children a variety of soft balls,. Focus on throwing in different ways, such as up high, down to the floor, or far away, with two hands or with one hand. In a few weeks encourage the children to throw in certain directions – try to throw the ball into a hoop or a bucket, or across a line. Move on to throwing to knock objects over like skittles.
Adaptations for older/younger children
For older children, work on catching too. Try bouncing the ball on the floor in order that the children have more time to react.
What to do in a nursery setting