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7. Ball

Mar 30, 2020 • 7 min read
7. Ball
Balls are useful play apparatus throughout early years development. Here’s how to get the most from a ball at key stages:

Balls are useful play apparatus throughout early years development. Here’s how to get the most from a ball at key stages:

Six months: Great for holding, squeezing, shaking and building grip and arm strength. Balls with bells inside help with visual tracking at a time when vision is not fully developed.

12 months: Rolling and receiving a ball on the floor. This develops hand-eye co-ordination and timing as children learn to reach out and grab a passing ball.

18 months: With a large and light enough ball, such as a beach ball or one made of foam, children can start to practice simple throwing games in the garden

24 months: The same ball becomes something they can catch now, too, as their grip and co-ordination improves

24 months: As legs become stronger and more co-ordinated, children can begin to apply the same principles to kicking and dribbling with a ball

Alexis

I'm Alexis, father of four and founder of One Hundred Toys. I taught in London primary schools for thirteen years, specialising in the early years. Now I write about all things play here on the blog. Read more

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