Balls, Balls, and more Balls



Books

Balls! - John E. Barrett
Hit the Ball Duck - Jez Alborough
Sam's Ball - Barbro Lindgren
Bear and Ball - C. Wright
The Story of Red Rubber Ball - Constance Kling Levy
Ball! - Ros Asquith
Beach Ball - Peter Sis
Kipper's Lost Ball - Mick Inkpen
Little Pig's Bouncy Ball - Alan Baron



Songs, Poems, Stories, & Fingerplays

Take Me Out To The Ballgame

Take me out to the ballgame
Take me out with the crowd
Buy me some Peanuts and Crackerjack
I don't care if I never get back
Oh it's root, root, root for the home team
If they don't win its a shame
For it's 1, 2, 3 strikes you're out
At the old ball game

Three Balls

Here's a ball (make a ball with thumb and index finger)
And here's a ball (make ball with other thumb and index
A great big ball, I see (put arms up and touch fingers over head)
Shall we count them?
Are you ready?
One, Two, Three (make all three balls in succession)

A Little Ball

A little ball
A larger ball
The largest ball I see
Shall we count them?
Are you ready?
One, two, three



Arts & Crafts

Tennis Ball Prints

A warm weather outdoor activity that's just plain fun and messy.

Materials:
Paper, Thin paint (This can be water-based paint of any kind. If you use tempera or acrylic, make sure to add lots of water so the paint is very, very thin.), Containers for paint Tennis balls, Aprons or old shirts

Directions:
Have the children wear an apron or old shirt. Dip the tennis balls in paint. Dab or (my favorite) drop the balls onto the paper to make a print. Hang the prints to dry. Some dripping may occur, which adds interest to the finished work. The kids love to do this over & over!! :)

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare



Theme Ideas

Gross Motor

Practice rolling different balls: wiffle balls, beach balls, Koosh balls, play balls, small balls, large balls, etc. Sit on the floor with the children and take turns rolling it to each other.

Balls and Tubes

Collect paper tubes from wrapping paper and paper towels, cut into different lengths. Some of the tubes should be able to slide through others. Put the tubes into the sensory tub with a collection of small balls. Through experimentation, the children match up which balls fit through which tubes.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Science Activity

Suspend a lightweight ball with a string to use as a pendulum, knocking over chip cans (with a little sand inside for weight) or whatever. Children feel so powerful making stuff fall down with this pendulum arrangement, but also are experimenting with cause/effect, speed, distance...

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

More Science Activities

Science concepts: How things move-- through the air, down a ramp (slide), through a puddle, in a pail of water, and in other situations; and cause and effect--"I squeeze a rubber ball and it squeaks." Make sure you have a variety of sizes, colors and textures so the children can learn about these attributes and experiment with how different balls feel and move.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Ball Wash

This is a good activity for outdoors. Put water in the sensory tub, add a squirt of gentle dish soap. Add an assortment of small balls made out of different materials: rubber balls, sponge balls, wiffle balls (golf practice balls), ping pong balls and golf balls, etc. As the children wash the balls they explore floating and sinking and other characteristics of the balls. To finish up, give the children styrofoam egg trays, to deposit put their clean balls in.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare



Links

Preschool Sports Arts & Crafts - Everything Preschool
Letter B Ball Theme - First School
9 Super Fun Preschool Activities with Balls - Yahoo Voices





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