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ABC beach ball boogie

For this large-group, gross-motor game, you will need to inflate a beach ball and write alphabet letters, with the corresponding alphabet movement, in the sections of the ball. Stand in a large circle and toss the beach ball to each child. Encourage the child to identify the letter that faces them on the beach ball. Then, lead the children in the alphabet movement that matches the letter. Take turns tossing the beach ball until every child has had a turn. If letter identification is too difficult, encourage them to identify the color. For younger children, deflate the beach ball slightly to promote improved success with catching. Beach ball play challenges children’s hand-eye coordination. When combined with alphabet movements, there is enhancement of a variety of gross-motor skills. Learning outcomes also include listening skills, cooperative learning, and spatial awareness.

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