"I can do this ball thing"
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For children aged 3 & 4What children can do
This is the age when children should be able to catch a ball with outstretched arms if it’s aimed carefully at their hands. They may still be a little wobbly when balancing on one foot but can strike and kick with no problem. Over to you
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- Practise hitting, throwing, catching, kicking, bouncing and dribbling with softballs, stuffed stockings or beanbags.
- Use ball holders and be the goalie while your child tries to kick the ball past you (fun factor: you’re a big ship in the harbour and the little ship – the ball – needs to get past you and out to the sea).
- Use a rope to hang a big ball from a branch and get your child to head the ball (fun factor: your child is knocking on the door of the castle and is allowed inside only after three, four or five consecutive headers).
- Let your children drop a big ball into a hoop and catch it.
- Get a small tricycle for coordination and balance.
- Let them climb trees.
- Encourage sporting activities such as mini-golf, duster hockey, beanbag basketball, target games, skittles and so on.
"Play with me!"
for two year olds
"Look! I caught it!"
for 5 and 6 year olds
"Watch me go!"
for 7 and 8 year olds
"Look what I can do now!"
for 9 and 10 year olds
"Sign me up!"
for 11 and 12 year oldsFor more on family fitness visit Health24.