Throwing things has always been an activity that I try to discourage indoors but I have found it impossible to eliminate. Long ago I decided to give the children a throwing activity that could be done indoors and still be safe for the children and the contents of my home.
I bought brightly coloured plastic pot scrubbers from the dollar store. Their texture is interesting and they are round like a ball but because they are soft and lightweight they do little damage to people and property. To make this activity more that just a physical challenge I also purchased some brightly coloured baskets. I encourage the children to throw the scrubbers into the basket that most closely matches the colour of the pot scrubber that they are tossing.
I’ve brought this game out several times this month;
I usually let the children decide where to place the baskets. If necessary I will offer some assistance in determining places that allow enough distance between the ‘standing’ spot and the targets.
I discourage competition between the children but they can ‘keep score’ if they want to compare the progress they make from one turn to the next.
Recently the children have been adding some new aspects to the game like juggling the ‘balls’ before they throw them. Often this works a little like shuffling cards – it adds a bit more ‘chance’ to the outcome;
Seriously, I need a better camera or improved reaction time or something – these pictures just don’t capture what the children are actually doing.
I was a little apprehensive when one of the children suggested ‘tossing the basket’ but I let him show me what he meant. He demonstrated a technique that was similar to a chef tossing food in a frying pan;
It actually took a fair amount of force to get those scrubbers airborne – and an enormous effort to ensure the landed back in the basket.
So many activities from simple everyday items – enhancing child development through play.