Help Build Motor Skills: Poof Ball Toss

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Need a game to entertain during rainy afternoons? Poof -- Here you go! Young children will have a ball playing this game, and it develops both their motor and visual skills. A craft-cum-game, this is a great activity for artists and athletes alike.

What this activity will develop:
Motor and art skills

What you'll need:

  • Thick yarn

  • Small sheet of cardboard

  • Scissors

  • Marker

  • Peel-off labels

  • Five margarine tubs

  • Masking tape

  • Pencil

  • Paper


What to do:
1. Make a yarn Poof Ball for each player. Wind yarn around the cardboard 15 times. Use more yarn to tie the strands together on each side of the cardboard. Then cut the strands on both edges. Fluff the yarn ends on both Poof Balls.

2. Print the numerals 5, 10, 15, 20, and 25 on labels. Put the labels on the inside bottoms of the margarine tubs.

How you'll play:
1. Arrange the tubs in a row. Use masking tape to mark a throw- ing line three feet away from the tubs.

2. Players stand behind the throwing line and take turns tossing their Poof Balls into a tub.

3. After each turn, the player retrieves the Poof Ball and checks the point value in the tub. If the Poof Ball misses the tubs, the point value is 0.

4. Players record their scores. Continue until five or more rounds have been played.

5. At the end of the game, add the scores. The player with the most points wins.

Play three rounds of three tosses each and average the scores.

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