Babies Walkers to 2 2s to 3s 3s to 4s

Overview and benefit

Learning to roll a ball involves whole arm co-ordination and agility and is something that babies learn to do at a wide range of ages, perhaps as early as 8 months, but might take much longer. Once they learn to push and release the ball, they can start to watch and learn how the object then travels (direction, speed). As they get older they can start to anticipate and plan where they want the object to go and try to roll the object accordingly.

Training video

Rolling Catch And Directional Rolling-1 from MAD Academy on Vimeo.

Equipment required

  • Balls
  • Background music


One to two weeks

How it works

Children will be learning to develop their rolling skills a stage further by focusing on their direction and aim

What to do in the class

Once children have mastered rolling balls, they need to be encouraged to think about where they want the ball to go and to practice rolling in a certain direction.

Start with large balls such as beach balls or footballs. There are many different ways to incorporate direction into rolling games. Have parents stand a few feet away with their legs wide open and ask the child to roll the ball through the legs. Parents can roll it back through the child’s legs too. Lay large hoops on the floor and get the child to try and roll their balls into the hoops. Alternatively put large buckets on their side and roll balls into them. Play bowling – lightly weigh down some large drinks bottles with a little sand or plasticine and give a few to each parent. See if the child can knock down the bottles.

What to do in a nursery setting

Have a member of Staff manage each activity, so that 5 children can be working on one activity at a time. So for instance, A Goal, Skittles, Hoop and bucket. The children have to take it in turns to aim for each target.