Observe the child interacting with a ball.
The adult gets the child’s attention and gives the child time to prepare by saying; “Catch!” then gently throws the ball to the child.
The child catches with straight arms.
At this age, balls become a challenge. Children want to demonstrate their skills with catching, throwing and kicking. Turn taking with the adult is an important social activity and balls provide a perfect reason to take turns. Remind early childhood educators and parents that children of this age need large, soft balls and a close target. Too much distance will discourage them from trying.
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015
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