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Overview and benefit

From about 18 months old, a toddler will start to get the hang of using thei whole arm to throw a ball. But catching is more difficult and doesn’t tend to develop until the age of around 3.

Throwing is usually learn in stages from rolling a ball, to bouncing a ball and then throwing underarm. Finally children learn how to throw over arm.

Equipment required

  • Soft sponge balls or small balloons

Training video

Throwing-1 from MAD Academy on Vimeo.


  • Up to three weeks

How it works

Children will have the opportunity to practise their throwing skills using soft balls or balloons.

What to do in the class

Give children a variety of soft balls,. Focus on throwing in different ways, such as up high, down to the floor, or far away, with two hands or with one hand. In a few weeks encourage the children to throw in certain directions – try to throw the ball into a hoop or a bucket, or across a line. Move on to throwing to knock objects over like skittles.

Adaptations for older/younger children

For older children, work on catching too. Try bouncing the ball on the floor in order that the children have more time to react.

What to do in a nursery setting