In each section, we have given examples of the skills we would expect to see emerging in babies, toddlers, and preschoolers. This will enable them to progress through from the building blocks of each core skill (basic skills) through to achieving the simple and advanced levels.
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.
The building blocks for catching are skills that young children acquire before being able to catch objects.
Playing with a large ball and catching slow moving objects such as balloons, scarves and bubbles.
Children in this stage should be developing a mature catching skill, ultimately allowing them to catch fast moving, small objects.
Bring hands together to play with them
Hand eye coordination
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.