Ball play – Playgroup
Playing ball games together is an opportunity to join in this part of Australian culture. Being able to kick the football together or play catch down the park can be important to both girls and boys’ confidence and sense of belonging.
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Having a range of balls at playgroup can make this a fun activity for both boys and girls to share. This caters for the different age groups, abilities and football codes represented within the playgroup families.
Sitting and rolling balls for older babies or playing outside with older children, kicking balls or throwing balls into a large box, are all fun ways to develop eye hand coordination.
Passing a ball around the playgroup circle can be a fun way to include everybody together and encourages the children to reach across the midline of their body, an important skill to manage before school tasks such as writing.
Try sticking a clown face onto a large cardboard box, cut out the mouth and encourage children to post or throw balls into the clown’s mouth. This can also be a fun activity at events such as school fetes or playgroup party days.
Across the ages
Activities listed under “playgroup” are suitable for groups of children of various ages. They provide opportunities for early learning and social play.