If you do not have a ball, you can make a ball by crumpling several sheets of paper up and taping around it, or you can use anything you may have in the home that is easy to toss and catch. (socks, stuffed animal, etc.)
Find an open space to play either indoors or outdoors.
Encourage your child to toss the ball underhand during this activity as it allows for better control over where the ball will go.
Stand several feet apart from one another. As your child practices and gets better at catching and throwing, you can spread apart a bit farther.
If there are other family members in the home, encourage them all to play. You can stand in a large circle and toss it to whomever you’d like.
Play hot potato with this ball.
You will set a timer and encourage everyone playing to toss the ball as quickly as possible. Whoever has the ball when the timer goes off gets “burned” and must sit out one round. (If you are playing with all young children it may be best to just say “You got burned by the hot potato” but then let them continue playing in order to avoid any hurt feelings or frustration).
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