Physical: teamwork, gross motor skill, reaction time, upper limb coordination, hand-eye coordination

Cognitive: selective attention, visual processing

Social: turn taking

Number of participants:

6 or more


1 medium-sized ball per group


  1. divide children into two teams
  2. one team starts in the middle and the other team circles around the other
  3. the outer team passes the ball to their team members; if the ball is caught by the middle team, the teams switch places


Boogalah is traditional game played by the Juwalarai peoples of New South Wales, Australia.


Modifications to make the activity easier:

Change the environment: call child’s name to get their attention before passing the ball to decrease cognitive demand

Change the equipment: use a bigger ball to decrease physical demand

Modifications to make the activity harder:

Change the task: have the child pass the ball overhead with two hands to increase physical demand

Goal examples:

  • the child shows readiness to catch the ball (e.g., hands ready, tracking ball with eyes, moving towards ball), 8 out of 10 times
  • I can catch and throw the ball to my friends using my right hand