Children will need:
- a ball of any size or a soft object that can be thrown and caught like a rolled up pair of socks
- a target such as a bucket, wheelbarrow or box.
With their ball or small object, children can try the following:
- Bounce and catch with two hands and/or throw into the air and catch with two hands.
- Bounce with one hand and catch with one hand and/or throw into the air with one hand and catch with one hand. For more challenge, use alternate hands.
- Walk and then jog performing the same actions as above.
- If using a ball, can children keep bouncing the ball off the ground basketball style using one hand before doing the same walking and jogging.
- Children may be able to make up their own movements, for example moving the ball or object around their waist, in a figure of 8 through both legs, throwing over their head and catching behind them.
When children have explored various possibilities with the ball, they could devise a game or challenge for the whole family to play, using a container as a target. They can think about rules, for example ground markings required, how many attempts each player should have, any requirements on how the ball or object should be thrown and a scoring system.