Games 4 Kids
BOUNCY BALLS FOR ONE

A perfect dish for kids who love to play Basketball!

Why is this a fun game?

Games 4 kids like Bouncy Balls for One are great because kids can have fun even if they are by themselves. This game is not only full of dribbling activities, but it also includes skills like throwing, catching, and moving around. There isn't a winner, and you don't keep score in this activity. There are just lots of fun, new challenges to try!

Also, this is a great game because there is no set up, and you can play for as long or as short as you'd like.

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BOUNCY BALLS FOR ONE
Serves: ages 4+ # Servings: 1+ kids Prep: None

Ingredients:

  • Playground ball (basketball or any ball that bounces)

Set Up:

  • None!

Directions:

Bouncing

Upstairs/Downstairs

  • Bounce the ball while you pretend to walk up and down the stairs. Start by crouching down as low as you can go while dribbling. Start walking and dribbling while gradually straightening your legs until you are all the way up on your tiptoes. Keep walking and dribbling up high and “walk back down the stairs” by gradually lowering your body back down to the floor where you started.

Yo-Yo

  • Keep the ball bouncing while you bounce with slow, high bounces all the way to quick, small bounces, and then all the way back up to slow, high bounces. See how long you can keep that up without messing up.
  • Walk and do the “yo-yo.”

Criss-Cross

  • Do a diagonal bounce back and forth in front of your body from your left hand to your right hand.
  • Try a diagonal bounce back and forth in front of your body with just your right hand. Now try your left hand.
  • Do a diagonal bounce on the right side of your body from back to front with just your right hand. Try it on your left side with your left hand.

Bedtime/Rise & Shine!

  • Bounce the ball while standing in one place. While you are bouncing it, lower your body down to the floor in a sitting position with your legs out straight in front of you. Dribble it on the right side of your body with your right hand, then between your legs, then on your left side with your left hand.
  • While dribbling, lower your body until you are lying down. (“Going to bed”) Try it on one side of your body and then the other.
  • Keep your dribble alive and sit up and then stand up. (“It’s time to rise and shine!”)

Coffee grinder

  • Get into a “coffee grinder” position. Extend legs out behind and hold yourself up with 1 arm (almost like a push-up position, but your body is propped up on its side. Dribble the ball with your free hand while pivoting around in a circle with your supporting hand. Swap hands.

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More Ideas!

  • Bounce the ball in front of your body and catch it. Bounce it with 2 hands, then with your right hand, and then your left hand.
  • Bounce the ball on your left side with both hands and catch it. Rotate at your waist to bounce the ball on your right side with both hands and catch it.
  • Try it with one hand - Bounce the ball with your left hand on the left side of your body and try to catch it with your left hand only. Bounce it with your right hand on the right side and catch it with your right hand only.
  • Bounce the ball under one leg and catch it. Now try the other leg.
  • Bounce the between the legs from the rear to front and catch it. Now try to bounce it from the front to the rear and catch it with your hands behind your back.
  • Bounce the ball hard so it goes up high, run under it, and catch it.
  • Bounce the ball, turn around in place, and catch it.
  • Bounce the ball while doing different locomotor movements – Bounce it while, walking, running, skipping, sliding, hopping, going backwards.
  • Bounce ball while changing direction – Dribble while running in a circle, running zig-zag, and while stopping and going.
  • Bounce the ball to a certain beat or rhythm.
  • Dribble around obstacles – set up an obstacle course and see how fast you can dribble through it. Now try to do it backwards. Give each hand a try.

For more dribbling activities, check out this youth basketball website for some good beginner basketball dribbling drills.

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Toss & Catch

Toss ball in up in the air with a 2-hand underhand motion:

  • See how high you can toss it and still catch it. – Let it bounce if you need to.
  • Toss ball up high and slightly forward, so you have to move to get it. Move under it and catch it before it hits ground.
  • Catch it after one bounce, 2 bounces, etc.
  • Toss ball up, turn around in place, and catch it before it hits the ground. Catch it after 1 bounce, 2 bounces, etc.
  • Add claps before you catch it.
  • Toss ball up, touch the floor, and catch it.
  • Add a turn around.

Elevator:

  • Toss ball up - stretch arms and body as high as possible and catch the ball above the head with arms fully extended. (“Top floor”)
  • Toss ball up – extend arms straight out in front at waist height and catch the ball when it drops to waist height. Let it come to your waist. (“Lobby”)
  • Toss ball up - bend down low, hold out arms just above the floor, and catch the ball just before it hits ground. (“Parking Garage”)
  • Reverse the order and run the elevator back up to the top floor.

Boomerang:

  • Flip the ball out in front of you with a backward spin, so it bounces and comes back to you.
  • Flip it, turn around, and catch it.
  • Add a clap.

Wall Toss:

  • Toss the ball at a wall and catch it after it bounces once; then try to catch it in the air before it hits the ground. See how far you can back up.

  • Bounce the ball against the wall and catch it in the air; catch it after one bounce; turn around and catch it; add a clap.

Toss & Catch Routines:

  • Toss and catch
  • Toss, clap, clap, and catch
  • Toss, turn around, and catch
  • Toss, clap, turn around, and catch
  • Toss, let it bounce, and catch
  • Toss, let it bounce, clap, and catch
  • Toss, let it bounce, clap, turn around, and catch
  • Toss and catch it behind your back
  • Think of other combinations

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Move Ball Around Body

Candy Cane:

  • Stand with feet together. Starting at the waist, pass ball around the body in circles. Keep circling the ball around the body while moving it up to the head and above as high as you can go, and then work your way back down the body all the way down to your ankles, circling the ball around your body as quickly as you can.

Rings:

  • Stand with your feet spread apart. Pass the ball in a circle around your right leg as fast as you can. Try to move the ball in the opposite direction.
  • Repeat it around your right leg.
  • Try to dribble around each leg instead of moving the ball. Then, put both legs together and try to dribble around both of them.

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Secrets for a Great Dish:

  • Make sure the size, weight, and hardness of the ball is appropriate for the size of the child.
  • When you do a skill with one hand, try to do it with the other one as well.
  • It’s okay to mess up! As the skills get a little trickier, balls will fly everywhere. Just chase it down and try again.

For a Twist:

  • Play music. Perform skills with the beat.
  • Try to do some of the bouncing activities with 2 balls.

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