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Throwing and grasping objects  (Fine motor)

Developing throwing skills while practicing shape recognition

Instructions Printer-Friendly

  • Draw “targets” with a child on a sidewalk/pavement with chalk
  • Draw a large square, circle, triangle, rectangle
  • Leave lots of space between these “shape targets”
  • Give a child a beanbag and ask him to throw at the targets
  • Throw beanbag to land in square
  • Throw beanbag to land next to the rectangle
  • Throw beanbag to land on a circle, etc.
  • See if the child can throw underhand and overhand

* Can make the target shapes indoors with duct tape

Simplify

Adjust the size of targets and distances to throw for the child to be successful.  For example, make a very large circle and have the child stand very close with a beanbag to throw at the circle target.

Extend

Encourage the child to throw at a target while throwing under their leg, OR when standing backwards, OR by placing beanbag on the head and tossing at target shape.  This can be such a fun and silly learning opportunity.

To add some math skills, place a number on each shape.

Square - 1; Circle - 2; Triangle - 3; Rectangle - 4. Throw the beanbag 5 times and see who can add up the most points. 

QUESTIONS FOR CHILD

Can you tell me what sports are played where knowing how to throw is important?

Do you think you are a better artist or athlete?

Materials

  • sidewalk/pavement
  • chalk
  • beanbag (make your own beanbag by putting beans/rice/birdseed into a ziplock sandwich bag that is closed with duct tape and then place in an old sock. Fold the top of the sock over the bag to make a beanbag)

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Curriculum Plan Resources

Skills Focus

  • Shape - Rectangle
  • Color - Orange
  • Number - 1-4 Review
  • Alphabet - O, U
  • Senses - Sight
  • Character Trait - Responsibility
  • Target Words - Under, Up, Down, Tall

Monthly Proverb

Yiddish- If each person sweeps in front of his own door the whole street is clean

Did You Know?

"The brain builds itself in response to the child’s experiences. Brain circuits that the child uses in daily life are strengthened. Those that the child doesn’t use fade away. "

National Research Council From Neurons to Neighborhoods, 2000 

Books to Read

"AlphaBugs: A Pop Up Alphabet Book"
by David Carter (Activity 1)

"Deep In The Swamp"
by Donna Bateman (Activity 22)

"Head to Toe"
by E. Carle (Activity 10)

"AlphaBugs: A Pop Up Alphabet Book"
by David Carter Video (Activity 1)

"Head to Toe"
by Eric Carle Video (Activity 10)

"Deep in The Swamp"
by Donna Bateman Video (Activity 22)

Music Playlist

"When The Saints Go Marching In"
by Pete Fountain, Album: Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans? (Jazz) (Activity 2)

"Go, Flush, Wash, Dry"
by Martin Kerr, Album: Favourite Songs from the Family Learning House (Children) (Activity 24)

"The Noble Duke of York"
by Susan McRae, Album: Barney’s Song Book - 16 Favourites for Kids (Children) (Activity 15)

"When The Saints Go Marching In
by Pete Fountain Video (Activity 2)

"The Noble Duke of York"
by Barney's Magical Musical Adventure Video (Activity 15)

Monthly Materials List

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Fingerplay / Poems / Songs

Sing/Say The Alphabet

(Activity 26 Month 5)

ABCDEFG   HIJKLMNOP  QRSTUV  WXYZ 

Now I’ve said my ABC’s, Next time won't you sing with me.