All Types of Catching

All Types of Catching

3-5 years, 5-8 years
10 Minutes
Home, School, ECEC
Balls (various - large and bouncy, small, soft foam), Beanbags (as many as required)
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Set Up:

  • Spread the markers out in your designated area
  • Have different balls and beanbags ready in separate buckets/bags


Each player starts on a marker with a bouncy ball each. They see how many bounce and catches they can do in a row.

  • Sitting down each child gets a beanbag and sees how many times they can throw in air and catch it.
  • Standing each child gets a scarf beanbag and sees how many times they can catch it.
  • Standing each child gets a normal beanbag and tries to catch it after dropping it off their head.
  • Standing each child gets a soft foam ball and tries to throw it up and catch it.
  • Standing each child moves ball around their waist 5 times, around their head 5 times and a figure of eight through their legs 5 times

Ask children questions:

  • What object is easier to catch?
  • What is the hardest?
  • Which parts of your body do you catch with?
  • Where do you look when you are catching?


  • Depending on the skill level of your group start very easy by rolling ball in partners between each other, this encourages tracking of the ball
  • Change shapes and sizes of ball
  • Add more difficult challenges – throw in air, turn around and catch ball, throw in air clap hands and catch ball
  • Can turn it into a game by playing ‘Simon Says’

Teaching Points:

  • Watch the ball
  • Soft fingers, big hands
  • Thumbs together and up (butterfly hands) for balls above waist and fingers pointing down (wriggly worms) for balls below waist
  • Reach out for the ball and catch with two hands