Daily Activity for Kids – Day 29 – Ball Toss Activity

During this COVID-19 pandemic, many parents are home with their children and looking for things to do. This is a daily post to give you ideas of fun things to do. It comes from activities that we implement at our daycare centre using our Four Pillars of Learning curriculum. Since we are closed during this time, we are sharing the activity for you to implement in your own home. Enjoy!

Daily Activity for Kids – Ball Toss Activity

Physical activity is an essential component of everyone’s overall health and wellness. Getting regular activity offers short- and long-term benefits for your physical and mental health, including reducing your risk of disease, building stronger bones and muscles, increasing energy, and decreasing stress levels. Exercise is essential for everyone throughout their lives, so we need to be educated on the benefits of exercise and how to incorporate daily physical activity as early as possible. Early childhood physical activity promotes increased interest in wanting to continue into adulthood. But what do you do when you can’t go outside? We have a great idea to keep kids active while indoors.

Step 1: Gather various size balls and baskets/containers you have at home. They can be any size. The size of the ball will determine the size of the basket needed.

Step 2: Place the baskets or containers at various distances from where the child will be standing. You can use a measuring tape to record the distance between the child and basket and you can keep a record of how many times the ball goes in at different distances. The builds math skills such as counting, measurement and recording results in a chart.

Step 3: Have your child throw the ball and try and get it into each basket at various distances. Once they have succeeded doing that, you change up how they throw it. For example, opposite hand, between the legs, backwards etc. Record the results of each attempt and how many were successful.

This activity can be done with children any age. For older kids, you may try to use a smaller ball and smaller containers to make it more difficult. You can also add points for each container and add up the points for the total score.

This daily kids activity incorporates many learning areas based on our Four Pillars of Learning curriculum including: STEAM (math) and physical activity.