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Balls have been in children's toy chests for decades. Regardless their age, children are always interested in manipulating or bouncing textured or colourful balls.
As adults, we continue to use balls. For example, we use anti-stress balls to reduce anxiety. This cherished toy remains present throughout our lives. To explore balls with your group, simply set different balls in the centre of your daycare and sit back. Children will immediately be drawn to them and spontaneously come up with a variety of ways to play with them.
Purchase balls made of different textures and in a variety of bright colors. Offer different sizes too. You can even find balls that produce various sounds or light up when bounced. You can find interesting balls in the pet aisle of department stores. Here are suggestions of activities to enjoy with children of all ages.
0 to 12 months
12 to 24 months
3 to 4 years old
4 to 5 years old
These suggestions are just a starting point. There are many other ways to explore balls.
Use balls to present new experiences. Listen to your group's suggestions and don't hesitate to put their ideas to the test. Note that the ages indicated may vary. Several activities can be done with different age groups, simply adapt them to your group's interests and abilities.
Maude DubéSpecialized educator
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