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I like to make a lot of games at home with Bogdan and we have a lot of fun when we discover new play ideas using the toys we already have in a different way. Yesterday morning we found 3 tennis balls in the closet and we invented 3 little games you can also try at home.
You can use any kind of small balls, the activities are very easy to prepare and they are great for the motor skills and the hand-eye coordination. I hope you’ll like our play ideas with balls and I will try them too!
1. Play ideas with balls: “Basketball” for small kids
We used an empty toys basket and the 3 tennis balls. The task was simple: Bogdan had to throw the balls in a basket from a certain distance. We marked a spot on the floor from where he had to throw the ball and we tried 2 different throwing positions: standing and sitting on the floor. The different positions ask for different “strategies” for getting the ball in the basket, so it was even more challenging.
Depending on the age of the child you can adjust the distance to the basket and its dimensions. Older kids can throw the ball for greater distances and hit a smaller basket.
To make the game even more challenging you can increase the distance to the basket to make it more difficult for the child to hit the basket.
Supplies needed: small balls, an empty toys basket / clothes basket
2. Play ideas with balls: “Bowling” for small kids
We used 7 small plastic animals (like these) and the tennis balls. I put the small toys on the floor, in a row and Bogdan stood in front of them at a certain distance. He tried to hit the small toys by rolling the balls towards them.
Each time a plastic animal was hit I removed it from the floor and Bogdan had to hit the remaining ones, so it became more difficult to complete the task. We marked a spot on the floor from where he had to roll the balls and we increased the distance as he became more familiar with the game.
Supplies needed: small balls, small plastic animals (If you don’t have small plastic animals or other similar small toys you can also try the game with plastic glasses, small bottles or any other materials you find appropriate for this game.)
3. Play ideas with balls: Hide and seek with balls
This is a simple game you can try anytime at home and it’s useful when you want to keep the child busy for half an hour (I use it sometimes while I cook). While the child is in another room, you take some small balls and hide them in the room.
The number of balls differs depending on the age of the child; older kids have more patience, the little ones cannot concentrate on this for a long time. You can start with 3 balls and add more as the child gets familiar with the game. When the child enters the room you tell him how many balls you have hidden and ask him to find them and bring them to you.
You can increase the difficulty of the game by adding more balls or extend the search in more rooms. This will bring a lot of fun to your child and will keep him busy for a while. 🙂
Supplies needed: some small balls (minimum 3; you can use up to 10)
p.s. I played these games with my 3-year old boy and they are suitable for kids with ages between 2 and 5 years, you just need to adjust the difficulty level. 🙂