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Sticky Marshmallow


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

Cognitive: selective attention, visual processing

Social: turn taking

Number of participants:

3 or more


  • 1 balloon per pair


  • the children lie on their stomachs in a circle, with their heads facing the center (ensure there is enough room in the center for the ball to move)
  • each player must push the beach ball away and towards someone else in the circle
  • instruct participants to use one or two hands depending on their objective
  • each child tries to ensure the “sticky marshmallow” doesn’t touch the top of their head or face to avoid being covered with a sticky mess

Modifications to make the activity easier:

Change the environment: have the children lie on their stomachs closer to each other to decrease physical demand

Modifications to make the activity harder:

Change the equipment: have the child complete the activity with more children to increase social demand

Goal examples:

  • the child is able to stop the ball and push it away 3 out of 5 times, using only their left hand
  • I can push the ball away from me

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