Yes, I talked hubby into letting me buy TWO packages of these Step 2 Activity Balls! That’s 300 colorful bouncing balls in our house. Sometimes they are well contained in their bags (although watch out, the zipper almost immediately broke on one bag! Sometimes they are not…!
But we are having a blast with them! Here’s five ball activities for kids we’ve tried so far, and our toddler loves them all! He also loves to have his trucks load and dump them from place to place.
5 Ball Activities for Kids
Counting to 5. Using numbered buckets, our son put the correct number of balls into each bucket. Counting as he put them in; counting as he took them out! The oversized 5 gallon pickle buckets were a hit for him to reach into (and get into! as you can see!).
Pouring piles of balls from one bucket to another was a clattery, noisy fun. Again, an oversized way to practice gross motor skills of filling and spilling!
Sorting into color groups is a valuable activity for toddlers. Learning similarities and differences is one of the most important learning skills for children as it supports their future learning! Here, the five buckets became sorters instead of counters! You’ll notice that in addition to the numbers, I also used different color dots on the containers.
We also did a simple ball toss activity here. I just called out the numbers on the buckets, and he tried to throw a ball into the correct bucket. Number recognition as well as eye-hand coordination.
Of course, no day with activity balls would be complete without a ball pit, right? I used our Joovy Moon room to create a fun, roll-around ball pit for my son and his baby brother. They had a blast!
Colorful, wonderful fun! Can’t wait to see what else we can use them for! I might have to do a second post!
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