Preschool-age children enjoy activities that involve physical movement, and these activities are important to the child's well being. Activities that involve throwing a ball improve children's coordination, body movement and gross motor skills. Complete one of these preschool-themed activities with your child, but be sure to use a type a ball that is age-appropriate. Soft foam balls, bouncy balls, tennis balls and kick balls work best for preschool-age children.
Name ball is an activity that helps young children learn each others' names. Have the children stand in a circle around an adult.The adult can throw the ball in the air calling out the name of a child. That child can catch the ball and then take the place in the middle, calling out another child's name. Younger preschool children can roll the ball to the name they call out.
Preschool-age children can practice the letters of the alphabet while working on their hand/eye coordination. Toss a ball to your child, or between a group of children, saying the next letter of the alphabet each time the ball is caught. Whoever catches the ball on the last letter can recite the entire alphabet. Older children who are familiar with the alphabet can be challenged to complete the activity reciting the alphabet backwards.
Children can practice their coordination and gross motor skills by using a laundry basket and ball. Have your child try tossing a soft foam ball into a laundry basket and continue moving the basket farther away to increase the difficulty. Several children can compete to see how far away they are able to move the basket. Children can also practice counting skills by counting how many balls they are able to make into the basket.
Preschool Dodge Ball
Preschool-age children can play a game similar to dodgeball using small, bouncy balls. Using chalk, draw a large circle and divide children into two equal teams. One group of children will stand inside the circle, while the other group will stand on the outside of the circle. Children outside the circle will be given bouncy balls (one for every three children) and will throw the balls at the opposing team inside of the circle. If a child is hit with a ball, she must move out of the circle. Children will continue playing until only one person is left in the circle and declared the winner.