Roll the ball relay in preschool

by Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. on September 12, 2011

in Outdoor Play, Roll the Ball Relay

Two very basic skills for preschoolers to practice are rolling and catching a ball. This may seem simple enough and most children have the rolling part down but the catching part is always a little trickier. I have a game that I like to play with the children that I call “Roll the Ball Relay”…

To play the game, the children line up on one side of the drive and I go to the other end. I roll each child the ball and they have to catch it and run (or walk) with it all the way back over to me. I adjust the speed of the ball to match each child’s size and abilities…

Then we start again. Each child takes a turn catching and running. After they have mastered this part of the game, then I send the ball over to them with a little bounce in the toss…

Each child takes a turn catching and running and lining up behind me to start again. This is all great fun for them and eventually we can add more complex play to this game. A great way to introduce the concept of running relay races and a great way to work on those ball handling skills!

Of course, this is only one way we work on ball handling skills. A little free play at the basket ball goal is also a great way to build those large motor skills…

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