Week 6 Throwing a bean bag for distance May 11, 2020

An Opportunity for all!

Week 6: May 11, 2020

Skill of the week: Throwing a bean bag for distance

Last week we are introduced throwing overhand. This is an important motor skill to work on to continue to develop better physical literacy. Learning to throw a ball or an object in some manner is difficult for many. We started with using a throwing rope. Today we are going to use our bean bags to throw overhand.

  1. Have the child stand with their feet shoulder width apart and one slightly forward, with hands by their sides.
  2. Have them hold their throwing hand straight out waist high with the palm facing up to the “sky”.
  3. Placed the bean bag in their hand and tell them to turn the hand with the bag over with out dropping it. They should be gently grasping the bag with their fingers spread apart wrapped around, dropping their hand down to the side again.
  4. The hand and arm without the beanbag should lift and point in the direction they want to throw.
  5. The hand with the bean bag reaches back, with the bag on the top still, bending the elbow.
  6. Have them throw the bag overhand at least head height and at the same time bring the hand without the beanbag back as a pendulum.
  7. Introduce bending the back knee slightly when preparing to throw.
  8. Rotate the hips and trunk slightly as they bring the throwing arm forward
  9. Have them release the bag at 45 degree angle upwards ie “towards the top of the trees”
  10. Introduce a step forward as we did in the throwing rope program.

Teaching points:

  • Do not grip the bag too hard.
  • Bend slightly sideways by bending the back leg knee and leaning slightly backwards when reaching back to prepare to launch the bag.
  • Have them throw over a barrier of some sort, for example a fence, clothes line, or garbage cans. Perhaps throw up on to a deck or something similar that will help reinforce height and distance. Use Hula Hoops as targets by shaking them or hanging them up with string from branch etc.
  • Use bean bag animals or slight deflated balls or sensory balls as a substitute for throwing bean bags.
  • Use the throwing rope from last week to reinforce the motion of overhand throwing
  • Use marching drills to retrieve them. Keep up the running exercises!
  • *Use a hula hoop as a base to throw from to help create a safety zone if more than one is doing it. It is also a good way to have one foot in and one out to help create separation and a wider base to throw from.

Equipment of the week: Wiffle Ball

A wiffle ball to use for many activities. Find any plastic ball that is baseball or softball sized and is hollow with airholes.

Wiffle Ball - a hollow ball with airholes for throwing and other activities

Make a cut in between two of the holes. Push a couple of small jingle bells (available at dollar or craft stores) inside. Run a piece of duct tape around to help seal the hole. If appropriate use a bright colour of tape or if the ball is white a strip of black tape. The tape will help reinforce the ball as well. One way to make a ball useful to visually impaired is to have it move slower. Partially deflating a ball or adding weight can do that!

This ball can be used for a variety of games. Even with some of the holes covered it is still audible. Try different sizes of balls. Pet stores often have balls with bells in them that are soft and pliable as well.

Game of the week: Space walk

Add some science and go for a space walk! Using the hoops and beanbags to explore the planets! Place hoops around the room or yard a few metres apart. Start at one and make a circuit by tossing a bean bag towards the next planet. Once they have landed on that planet (hoop) they try for the next one. Vary the distance and difficulty. Use sound or light to target the planet. Start with Sun and go to Pluto. Try hopping or crawling or different methods to travel. Try different ways of throwing or tossing. Have an item they could collect as scientists at each planet that they return to Earth as explorers!

Websites of the week

An American theme this week! There are resources all over the world we can use.

The Northwest Association for Blind Athletes located in the states close to us has a new series of adaptations for sports that they just released that you may find useful. They have worksheets and videos that may help with your students or child

Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired has some online resources that you may find useful!

Please contact us with any questions or suggestions for resources to add to this program.

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