Our movement and motion unit began with a study of balls. During the past two weeks the children have explored balls and how they move. They’ve talked about and practiced bouncing, rolling, throwing, catching, and kicking balls.
The rolling balls activity also presented the children with the opportunity to practice the measuring skills they had learned previously. Each child rolled his ball and then measured how far it went.
After measuring the distance their balls traveled the kids could then compare which balls went the farthest. That lead to further discussion about why some balls rolled farther than others.
A variety of balls are available for the kids to play with. This also helped the children to see that different balls have varying purposes such as kicking or throwing.