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Ball Handling Drills for Kids — Teacher Tasks Cards

Teach Starter Publishing
PDF | 4 pages | Grades: 1 - 6

A set of 4 task cards containing drills and activities to develop ball skills.

Help your students develop their ball-handling skills and their gross motor skills!

These educational task cards are designed to help teachers and coaches conduct activities that develop students’ fine motor and ball handling skills.

Each task card provides simple and easy to follow instructions for completing a ball game drill. Instructions are accompanied by a diagram, a list of equipment, and ways to vary the activity. Each ball-handling drill on the cards is also perfect to use for any age – just increase the distance, ball size, or speed of play, and students of any age will be having fun.

This teaching resource can be used by a physical education teacher, an after-school sports coach, or even a classroom teacher as a brain break activity or part of an active exercise program.

Check out an example ball-handling drill!

 

The catch with this game is that you can’t see where you’re passing the ball! This kind of coordination is a skill that requires a bit of practice.

Luckily with Over and Under Ball, that’s what you’ll get to do.

Extend this game by asking the leading student to run around a cone before starting their pass. Or, once the ball gets to the end of the line, ask the students to send it back going over and under each student!

The Benefits of Ball Handling Drills and Games on Child Development

While games such as soccer and basketball have their place in school, they aren’t the be-all and end-all of ball sports. Playing games such as captain ball and tunnel ball with your students is a great way to help them develop, both physically and mentally, in a smaller team environment. This allows skills to be targeted in a more relaxed way.

Ball game skills such as throwing and catching, rolling, running, and ducking are skills which your students will use their whole lives!

Other benefits of ball games include:

  • improved coordination and aim
  • improvement in timing and speed
  • increased social engagement
  • team-work and collaboration
  • resilience and humility when handling victories and defeats
  • increase in attention and motor planning.

The best thing about a smaller ball game is that it can be used in a number of ways – as a brain break in the classroom, to a full P.E. lesson!

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