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Ball Toys you won’t Believe Help these Two Important Learning Areas
This article provides recommendations for ball toys that support a child’s hand-eye coordination and visual tracking. Affiliate links are included for your convenience. Integrated Learning Strategies (ILS) is a learning and academic center. As a reminder, ILS is not a health care provider and none of our materials or services provide a diagnosis or treatment of a specific condition or learning challenge you may see in your child or student. If you seek a diagnosis or treatment for your child or student, please contact a trained professional who can provide an evaluation of the child.
If you have active kids or students, they probably play with ball toys all the time. The child may kick a soccer ball, bounce a basketball or throw a baseball. But, why are these types of toys and lessons important?
Encouraging kids to use balls in their daily activities can help build hand-eye coordination for handwriting and visual tracking for reading. It’s also great for helping kids improve their attention and focus in school as well as their coordination needed for other learning skills.
To create more opportunities to use ball toys, you can introduce your child or students to some new games. Children don’t always have to be involved in sports or lessons to build their hand-eye coordination and visual tracking with different types of balls.
Here are a few fun ball activities you can do at home or in your therapy sessions with kids using ball toys in different ways.
Peanut Ball: Roll over the peanut ball on your stomach using your hands to walk forward until you are in a plank position.
Catch Balls: Use catch balls to throw at a target or toss into a basket.
Stress Balls: Push one finger at a time through the stress ball and roll your palm around the ball. Great for hand strength and emotional regulation.
Moon Ball: Track the ball as it bounces up and down or as it hits the side of the wall and comes back to you.
Bowling Ball: Change it up with backwards bowling! Turn around and bowl pushing the ball through your legs to knock the pins down.
Balloons: Play the floor is lava and don’t let the balloon land on the ground. Or, kick the balloon up with alternating knees instead of feet so it won’t hit the floor.
For more ball toys you can use in your home or therapy sessions, try these favorites below.
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