Roll the ball relay in preschool

A fun way for your students to develop hand-eye coordination!

Two very basic skills for preschoolers to practice are rolling and catching a ball. This may seem simple enough and most children have the rolling part down but the catching part is always a little trickier. I have a game that I like to play with the children that I call “Roll the Ball Relay”…

How the Game Works

To play the game, the children line up on one side of the drive and I go to the other end. I roll each child the ball and they have to catch it and run (or walk) with it all the way back over to me. I adjust the speed of the ball to match each child’s size and abilities…

Taking Turns

Then we start again. Each child takes a turn catching and running. After they have mastered this part of the game, then I send the ball over to them with a little bounce in the toss…

Having fun!

Each child takes a turn catching and running and lining up behind me to start again. This is all great fun for them and eventually we can add more complex play to this game. A great way to introduce the concept of running relay races and a great way to work on those ball handling skills!

Building Gross Motor Skills

Of course, this is only one way we work on ball handling skills. A little free play at the basket ball goal is also a great way to build those large motor skills…

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Deborah J Stewart

Deborah J Stewart

Every time I think I know everything I need to know about teaching young children, God says, "Hold on a minute!" and gives me a new challenge.

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With each new challenge that you overcome, you will find yourself better equipped and more passionate about teaching young children.

God didn't call wimps to lead, teach, or care for His children. Nope, he has high expectations, so get ready. You will have to give your very best but after teaching for over 30 years, I can tell you that it is a wonderful and rewarding journey.

Whenever your calling feels hard, just remember, 'He who began a good work in you (and in the children you serve) will be faithful to complete it.'

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