Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Pork Chop . . . I Mean, Ball Chase

Mmmmmmm . . . pork chop!
I love this homework activity because it is simple and it works for all ages and levels. I also like any activity that encourages watching for the ball like a junkyard dog eyes up a pork chop.

This activity requires two people.
  • One person stands 3-4 feet behind the other.
  • Front person stands with feet shoulder width apart or wider.
  • Rear person rolls tennis ball on ground so that it passes through front person's feet.
  • As soon as front person spies ball, he/she chases and captures it as soon as possible.
  • Alternate chaser/roller.
For a larger group activity, have the kids line up to do this. First person in line is first chaser. Second person is first roller. First chaser goes to end of line after capturing ball. Repeat at least once through entire group but you will probably find they want to keep going and going and going . . .

Increase the difficulty by rolling the ball faster or putting a limit on the distance the ball must be retrieved by.