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Preschool Activities on Throwing

by Julie De Savia Dunlop

Your preschooler throws his toys at you while you're driving, throws the remote across the living room and throws his stuffed animals at his little brother. From beach balls to rocks, children have a natural urge to throw. Channel his appetite to throw into fun activities that promote aiming and hand-eye coordination. Use unusual items to keep his interest piqued.

1. Holiday Card Throw

Don't throw away Aunt Ida's Christmas card collection. Use Christmas cards from your own stash or ask neighbors and family members to give you any cards they plan to recycle. Set a large box or laundry basket on the floor and instruct your son to stand about five feet away from the box. Give your tot a stack of five cards and tell him to throw them all at once, like a Frisbee, into the box. Only some of the cards will make it in. Have him count five more cards and try again. When you've used up all the cards, count how many he got into the box. Tell him to try to beat the score next time he plays.

2. Penny Toss

Step right up to mom's homemade carnival booth. Cluster 10 disposable cups and tape the sides together so they are in one piece. Place the cluster of cups on a small table. Have your child stand five feet away and give him a cup of pennies. Tell him to throw one penny at a time and try to make it go inside one of the cups. Have him repeat until all the pennies are gone. If he makes too many shots, have him stand further back. If he makes too few shots, have him stand closer. After the game is over, count the pennies that are in the cups.

3. Stick Throw

Collect sticks of various sizes with your toddler around your yard, a park or your neighborhood. Arrange them in a pile in your yard. Tell your preschooler to collect some of his stuffed dogs, then line them up outside on your grass. Have your tot stand several feet away and tell him to pick up a stick from the pile and throw it to a dog. Suggest that he throw the bigger sticks to the bigger stuffed animals and the smaller sticks to the smaller stuffed animals.

4. Crumpled Paper Throw

Give your preschooler some paper from your recycling pile and instruct him to crumple each piece into a ball. Set pots and pans on your living room floor. Have your child take a crumpled ball of paper and throw it into one of the pots or pans. Have him take a step back each time he makes a basket, further challenging himself. When he tires of this, hold the biggest pot in the air and see if he can aim his crumpled paper to go into the pot as if it were a basketball net. Repeat until he gets several baskets.

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