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Dribbling Exploration


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

Cognitive: sustained attention, selective attention

Number of participants:

1 or more


medium-sized ball OR basketball


Children dribble the ball using various body parts and in different ways. Examples:

    • right hand
    • left hand
    • while moving forward
    • while moving backward
    • while moving sideways and diagonally
    • with one hand and then the other
    • in one place
    • with eyes closed
    • with a really high bounce
    • close to the floor
    • across their body
    • in a zigzag pattern
    • with one hand while touching the floor with the other
    • while walking or jogging around the ball
    • keeping it in one place
    • while switching dribbling hands
    • with one hand while high fiving other players with the other hand
    • in a circle around your body without moving your feet –clockwise/counterclockwise
    • while standing in a forward stride position
    • moving the ball around and under the front leg
    • using a yoyo motion
    • while standing in a straddle position
    • moving the ball in a figure 8 through their legs
    • in time to the music
    • with one ball in each hand

Adaptations for Wheelchair Users:

Children can dribble the ball with their hands while sitting in their wheelchair.

Modifications to make the activity easier:

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

Change the task: have the child catch the ball between 2-3 dribbles to decrease physical demand

Modifications to make the activity harder:

Change the task:

  • have the child run while dribbling to increase physical and add social demand (awareness of personal space)
  • have the child alternate hands while dribbling in one spot to increase physical and cognitive demand 

Goal examples:

  • child is able to dribble the ball 10 times in a row, in 4 out of 5 tries
  • I can dribble the ball while taking slow steps