Health and Wellbeing
Catching an Object
Catching is receiving an object with hands. It involves the child visually tracking the object in flight and moving into a position to collect the object safely without dropping it. Catching is important in many major games, e.g. cricket, baseball, netball, basketball and rugby. Following on from the previous sessions on throwing a ball then your child should have had experience trying to catch one. Here are some pointers to assist your child to be able to catch an object with increasing success and accuracy.
Need A Stepping Stone?
If your child flaps or grabs at the object or moves away from the object and puts their hands up to protect their face, then they may have fear of the object hitting them so they can use softer objects such as a small beanbag, a beach ball or balloon to practise.
Need A Further Challenge?
It's easier to catch a larger ball than say a tennis ball, but if your child is capable of catching a big ball already, then move to a smaller ball. Start by standing close to your child and give a gentle underarm throw, moving further apart if they can catch it successfully. If they are a capable catcher then you can give them another challenge by throwing at different heights and to the left or right of them.