Gentle Catch

Gentle Catch

Location: indoor or outdoor

Materials: a scarf, bubbles, a balloon

Infants won't develop the ability to play the game "catch" in the true sense of the word, but that doesn't mean you can't play a gentle variation on it. Instead of using a ball or object that will land and roll away, consider playing with something light that will fall slowly in front of your infants. Bubbles, a scarf, or a balloon can work perfectly for this game.

Gently throw the object so it floats and lands in front of your infant. They may reach out to try to grab it in mid-air, or may grab it once it lands on the ground. This game allows infants to practice both visual tracking and hand-eye coordination.

What We're Learning:

  • cognitive (cause and effect, visual tracking)
  • physical (hand-eye coordination, visual tracking, reaching)