IDEAS for BASIC MOVEMENT ACTIVITIES with OBJECTS
These are easy games for children to increase their dexterity, sharpness, coordination with their body movement with objects:
a. Rolling – Rolling objects at different speeds
– Rolling objects with accuracy
– Keeping eyes on the target
– Maintaining rhythm and continuous movement of rolling
Activity: Bowling Chair– Use a chair and roll the ball at the chair from a certain distance. If the ball goes in-between the legs of the chair, you get 2 points; if you hit the leg and it goes in, it is 1 point; if you miss, 0 points. Play several rounds.
b. Throwing – Toss a Frisbee at a target like a hoola hoop or a basket
– Toss a beanbag into a basket or in a hoola hoop and try different distances
Activity: Sheet of Paper Toss-Stand straight up with your piece of paper near a hoola hoop or trash can and toss it in. You cannot fold it or bend it.
c. Underhand – Release the object upward and forward
– Shift weight to the left foot forward as the object is tossed
– Swing arm further back to gain distance
Activity: Underhand Toss-Stand several feet from a trash can and underhand a toss into it. You can play for points at different distances.
d. Overhand – Straighten the arm as the ball is released
– Shift the weight to the left foot forward
Activity: Overhand Toss-Same as underhand toss. (Overhand seems to be more difficult than underhand toss.)
e. Bouncing – Bounce the ball at different intensities
– Look at the ball
Activity: Large Ball Bounce-Use a larger ball to bounce like a beach ball and have them count the number of bounces.
g. Catching – Cup the fingers with the thumbs together when the ball is thrown above the waist
Activity: Catch the Beach Ball-In pairs, use the beach ball, have the child toss the ball underhand to the other child and count how many catches they make.
h. Kicking – Keeping eyes on the ball or object
Activity: Chair Soccer Goals-Like the bowling game, have the child kick a large ball between the legs of a chair.