Observe the child in ball play with an adult or older child.
With the child sitting on the floor with legs open wide, roll the ball to the child. Encourage him to roll the ball back and forth.
The child uses both hands and arms to push the ball forward toward a person.
Ball play is a great way for children to develop both gross motor and social skills. Encourage early childhood educators and parents to start ball play from stationary and stable positions. Large balls are easier for the child to use at this age. Ball play also provides an opportunity for older siblings to take turns with the child and “teach” them a skill. Remind siblings to throw and kick gently.
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015
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