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Mirror Dribbling


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

Cognitive: sustained attention, selective attention, visual processing

Social: joint attention

Number of participants:

2 or more


1 medium-sized ball OR basketball per child


  1. the lead partner starts dribbling
  2. the follower tries to mirror all lead partner’s dribble movements

Modifications to make the activity easier:

Change the environment: designate a specific space for the child and their partner to dribble, away from other children to decrease cognitive demand

Change the task: have the lead partner give verbal direction or cues to the other partner to decrease physical and cognitive demand

Modifications to make the activity harder:

Change the task:

  • have the lead partner dribble and take steps simultaneously to increase the physical demand
  • have the partners switch roles on a signal to increase the cognitive demand

Goal examples:

  • the child will be able to lead the movements with a partner for 30 seconds while using a larger, bouncier ball
  • I can mirror my partner by bouncing the ball faster and slower when they do