In December 1891, a Massachusetts teacher was trying to find a sport that kids could play indoors on cold winter days. He nailed up two peach baskets on either side of the gymnasium floor, and gave his students soccer balls to toss into them. That was the start of basketball, and the sport has become one of America's passions.
Even very young children can learn the basic skills of basketball. If you don't know the basics of the game, visit MomsGuide.com. Then visit a local gym or park and challenge kids to:
- Dribble for five minutes.
- Make 40 free throws in a row, and count even the ones that don't make the basket. (If the 15-foot line is too far away for small kids, move them closer.)
- Try 25 lay-up or dunk shots, even if they don't get the ball into the basket.
- Pass the basketball back and forth to each other, taking a step back after every five throws.
- Pass the ball between the legs and behind the back.
- Stand about five feet away from a wall and toss the ball against it so it bounces right back at you; keep it going for at least two minutes.
And hey, don't just stand there and watch - join in the fun! It's a great physical activity for the entire family!