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Physical: upper limb coordination, hand-eye coordination, fine motor skill

Cognitive: selective attention, visual processing

Social: turn taking

Number of participants:

2 or more


  • 1 ball per pair


  • in pairs, children take positions around the gym with their own wall space
  • one partner tosses the ball against the wall; the other partner lets the ball bounce once and then catches it
  • if successful, the partner takes one step back and repeats again

Modifications to make the activity easier:

Change the equipment: have the child use a larger ball to decrease physical demand

Modifications to make the activity harder:

Change the task: have the children catch the ball after their partner throws it against the wall to increase cognitive demand

Goal examples:

  • the child is able to catch a ball that bounces off the wall, 3 out of 5 times
  • I can catch the ball after it hits the wall and bounces on the ground

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