Throwing is an important skill that young children acquire in their preschool years.
It involves the whole body and requires balance, as well as planning and executing movements in a sequential, coordinated way.
We love throwing because it strengthens hand-eye coordination. It also improves bilateral skills. By throwing, your little ones practice using opposite sides of the body in a coordinated way. Visual perception and control also increases.
Accurately throwing something at a target involves gauging the distance to the target, and how much power is required to reach it. Lastly, throwing requires a child to learn about gravity and the properties of objects.
It is a child’s first gravity lesson, as she learns that when she throws something up as it always comes down. For this activity, we practiced throwing asteroids!
These asteroids were constructed out of tinfoil balls. Using the large muscles in their hands, students threw their asteroids into a box!