Catching progresses from babies learning how to bring their hands together (eg to clap) through to pre-schoolers who are able to receive fast moving objects from a distance. Visual tracking skills and coordination are key elements underpinning the catch. Keep reading to find out how the skills for catching emerge (and at approximately what age), and the games you could play to encourage skill development.

Building blocks for catching

The building blocks for catching are skills that young children acquire before being able to catch objects.

Simple catching

Playing with a large ball and catching slow moving objects such as balloons, scarves and bubbles.

Advanced catching

Children in this stage should be developing a mature catching skill, ultimately allowing them to catch fast moving, small objects.



  • Carry a large toy whilst walking

  • Use both hands to hold an object on the midline of the body

  • Pushing and pulling objects with both hands together.


See what activities can help to support this core skill.

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