Beanbags are most useful in teaching throwing and catching skills. This skill requires good hand-eye coordination and gross-motor control. Children should initially begin to practice ball catching skills using a large diameter ball that is soft. As the child’s catching skill improves you can grade the task to using a smaller diameter ball.

You can then try using a small colourful beanbag for the child to catch. A Beanbag is less threatening for the child to catch, and it has the added advantage that a missed Beanbag will not roll away unlike a ball would. The child can first gain confidence in catching a Beanbag and then grade to catching a tennis ball. Encourage the child to keep his eye on the Beanbag as you throw it for him to catch.

Initially you might simply let him hold his hands together, cupped facing upwards, as you toss the Beanbag to land neatly in his hands. As he gains confidence, get him to hold his hands away from his belly, and to reach out to catch the Beanbag. You can make the task still simpler for him by giving him a verbal prompt as he is about to catch. For example, you can say “Ready, steady, catch”, and say the word “catch” as he would need to perform the catching movement.

Contents: Each package contains a set of four beanbags in blue, green, red, and yellow.

Measurements: Each Beanbag is approximately 10 x 10 cm and collective weight approximately 700 grams