Friday, November 5, 2010

November 2-8: Balls

"It's a great day for a ball game; let's play two."
Ernie Banks

Book Suggestions:
Balls by John E. Barrett
Sam's Ball by Barbro Lindgren
Bear and Ball by C. Wright
The Story of Red Rubber Ball by Constance Kling Levy and Hiroe Nakata
Kipper's Lost Ball by Mick Inkpen
Let's Play Ball by Serena Romanelli and Hans de Beer

Sorting colored balls:
Materials: a variety of different colored balls, shoes boxes
Description: Talk about the colors of the balls that you have. Have your child sort the balls by colors by putting them into shoe boxes. For example, put all the red balls in one shoe box, all the yellow balls in a different shoe box etc. (If you do not have a variety of different color balls, paint ping-pong balls different colors)

Motor Development:
Materials: A ball
Description: Have your child practice different motor skills by cathing, throwing, kicking, rolling, hitting, and bouncing a ball. You can do this several times using different sized balls.

Play-Doh Balls:
Materials: play-doh
Description: Make balls out of play-doh. Your toddler can make different color and size balls. Talk about large and small and the colors while you are doing this activity.

Indoor Baseball:
Materials: Ping-pong balls, water bottles
Description: Let your toddler have an indoor game of baseball. Have the use the water bottle to hit the ping pong ball. (Warning: Ping pong balls can be choking hazards. Be careful not to let your toddler put the ping pong balls in their mouth.) You can even draw threads on the ping pong balls with permanent markers to make them look like baseballs.

Where's the Ball?:
Materials: 3 Cups, a ping-pong ball
Description: Place three cups face down. Place a ping-pong ball under one of the cups and let your child guess what cup it is under. Start this activity by letting them see what cup you put it under. As your child understands the concept of the game, have them hide their eyes while you hide the ping-pong ball. Eventually, have your toddler hide the ball and you find it.

Tree Ball:
Materials: Wiffle ball, rope (or yarn), plastic baseball bat or water bottle
Description: Tie a piece of rope or yarn to a wiffle ball. Tie the other end of the rope to a tree branch. Have you child try to hit it using a plastic baseball bat. (If you do not have a baseball bat, use an empty water bottle) If your child is too young to use a baseball bat, have them hit the ball with their hand or try to catch it using their hands.

Roll the Ball:
Materials: Several large books, a ball
Description: Help your toddler to understand the concept of rolling by showing them how to roll a ball down a slope. Stack several large books on top of each other. To make a slope, place one large book, piece of wood, or chopping board with one end on the floor and the other end resting on the stack of books. Have your toddler release the ball at the top of the slope and watch it roll down.

Sign Ball:
Description: Check out Sign With Me to learn how to sign the word ball and teach it to your toddler. Practice this sign throughout the week.

Shape Ball:
Materials: Sidewalk chalk, bouncy ball
Description: Draw a variety of large shapes on the sidewalk. Ask your toddler to throw or bounce a ball in each shape. For example, tell your toddler to bounce or throw the ball in the square. Praise them if they find the square. If they do not find the square, tell them the name of the shape that they did find and encourage them to find the square.

Songs and Finger Plays:

Take Me Out to the Ball Game
Take me out to the ball game.
Take me out with the crowd.
Buy me some peanuts and cracker jacks
I don't care if I never go back.
'Cause its root, root, root for the home team.
If they don't win its ashame.
For its 1, 2, 3 strikes you're out
At the old ball game.

Roll The Ball:
(sing while rolling the ball back and forth with your toddler)
Roll the ball to _____ (child's name),
She/He rolls it back to me.
Roll the ball to _____ (child's name),
She/He rolls it back to me.
Roll the ball,
Roll the ball,
Roll the ball,
Roll the ball,
Roll the ball to _____ (child's name),
She/He rolls it back to me.

The Baseball Song
(words by Joe Stover)
Sung to the tune of Row, Row, Row Your Boat

Swing, swing, swing your bat,
Hit the ball real hard.
Smack it into center field
Watch as it goes far.

Run, run, run to first,
Try to get on base.
Listen for the umpire's call,
That you made it safe.

Steal, steal, steal to second,
When the pitcher looks away.
Slide across the dusty ground,
Now you've made your play.

Round, round, rounding third,
Heading on toward home.
You score a run for your team,
In the Astrodome.

Where is Ball?
(Sung to the tune of Where is Thumbkin?)
Where is red ball?
Where is red ball?
Here I am.
Here I am.
I can roll, and bounce, and play,
Catch me if you can.

(substitute red for each color. You can show your toddler the different color balls as you sing the song)

This is the Way
(Sung to the tune of So Early In The Morning)
You and your toddler can bounce, roll, throw, and catch a ball as you sing this song.

This is the way we bounce the ball,
bounce the ball
bounce the ball.
This is the way we bounce the ball,
When we play.

This is the way we roll the ball,
roll the ball,
roll the ball.
This is the way we roll the ball,
When we play.

This is the way we throw the ball,
throw the ball,
throw the ball.
This is way we throw the ball,
When we play.

This is the way we catch the ball,
catch the ball,
catch the ball.
This is the way we catch the ball,
When we play.

10 Little Balls
(Sung to the tune of 10 little indians.)

1 little 2 little 3 little balls
4 little 5 little 6 little balls
7 little 8 little 9 little balls
10 little balls bouncing by.

Online Fun:

Classic Sesame Street videos:

Kermit explains round

Elmo's World Balls

Small Smaller Smallest


Mud Balls:
(This recipe comes from
1 c. peanut butter
1/4 c. honey
1/2 c. dry milk
1/2 c. raisins
crushed graham crackers
chocolate milk powder
(warning: this recipe contains peanuts and honey, which make cause allergic reactions)

Mix all ingredients together. Have your toddler form into balls. Roll the balls into the chocolate milk powder and put the refrigerator to cool.

Fast and Friendly Meatballs:
(This recipe comes from All Recipes)
2 tablespoons Olive Oil
1 package ground turkey
1 egg, beaten
1/3 cup italian bread crumbs

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 9X13 baking pan with olive oil and place in oven while preheating. Mix remaining ingredients with your hands. Use an ice cream scoop to form golf ball size meatballs and place them 1 inch apart in warm pan. Press down to flatten bottom slightly. Bake for 15 minutes, then turn over and bake for 5 more minutes or until somewhat crispy.

Remember, you know your child best. Use these suggested books, activities, and songs in a way that works best for you and your tot!

Repetition is great for toddlers. If you little one wants to concentrate on one or two activities over and over, that is great!

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