In our last installment of Get a Move On, we reviewed 7 tips to help your child’s motor skills in throwing a ball or bean bag. Just as important as throwing – catching! Helping a child’s coordination in catching a ball builds confidence for other motor skills they will learn shortly. Here are 7 tips to get your child catching whatever comes their way!
- Provide your child with an uncluttered background
- Always be sure to have your child’s visual attention before asking him/her to catch
- Tell your child to extend arms in front and with arms slightly bent, have hands facing the ball
- Start with soft, large, colorful balls and gradually reduce the size of the balls used for catching
- Provide lots of positive praise and feedback
- Modeling the skill may prove helpful for your child
- Challenge each child with variety when they are ready, ensuring success along the way
This is part of the Get a Move On series – keeping your child healthy through activity and movement.