• Open and flat outdoor space at least 25m by 40m • Store-bought plastic baseball bat and ball
- Purchase a lightweight plastic baseball bat and ball from a toy store.
- Find a large, open outdoor space free of trees and obstacles.
Toss the ball softly underhand to your child so they can practice hitting.
TIP: Make sure your child stands sideways. One foot should be closer to you than the other.
TIP: If your child is right-handed, they should have their left foot closer to you and left hand on the bottom of their grip.
TIP: If your child is left-handed, they should have their right foot closer to you and right hand on the bottom of their grip.
TIP: Toss the ball between their waist and their shoulders.
TIP: The ball should pass between 40-60 cm away from your child.
TIP: They should stand ready with the bat held behind them at shoulder height.
• As your child’s batting improves, increase the speed of your toss.
This activity develops hand-eye coordination and timing while using a bat (i.e., striking tool). These skills also transfer to striking with a racquet or stick.
- Skill: Strike
- 20 minutes
- Suggested age 5-12 years