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Bats and Balls

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Using household items create a simple bat which can be used to develop skills such as hitting, catching, spatial awareness and co-ordination.

 Materials Needed:

  • Old tights.
  • Wire coat hangers.
  • Masking tape.
  • Tennis ball.

What to do:

  • Bend the coat hanger into the shape of a racquet and straighten the bent handle.
  • Re-bend the handle over so it is narrower and longer than before.
  • Cut one leg off the tights and keep for later. Pull the other leg over the racquet until taut, and then wrap the rest of the tights around the handle.
  • Cover with the tape until the handle is firm and easy to hold.
  • Put a tennis ball in the toe of the spare tights leg and tie from a tree branch, the clothes line or hook.

Hints and Tips:

  • The children will have lots of fun hitting the ball backwards and forwards. As the bats are so soft the children won’t be hurt if they accidentally hit each other.

Additional Info

  • Appropriate Age: 2 year+
  • Number of Children: Couple (2), Few (3), Small Group (4)
  • Developmental Milestones:

    - Hand/eye co-ordination.
    - Turn taking and sharing.
    - Playing co-operatively in small groups.
    - Running.

  • Play Based Learning: Exploratory Play, Manipulative Play
  • Interest Areas: Outdoor Area
  • Games Categories: Family Games, Gross Motor Skills, Manipulation Games, Outdoor Games
  • EYLF Outcomes: Learning Outcome 3
  • Sub Outcomes:

    LO3 - Children Have A Strong Sense Of Well Being

    3.2 Children take increasing responsibility for their own health and physical wellbeing

Created On December 31, 2014 Last modified on Friday, February 6, 2015
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