Counting Ball


In this activity the children practise numbers and quantities by playing with a ball.


  1. The children sit in a circle and roll the ball to each other.
  2. The children catch the ball with two hands and say the number or number of dots their hands land on.


  • To challenge motor skills further, you can get the children to throw the ball to each other.
  • For progression, you can write numbers 1-12 or 1-20 in the squares on the ball.
  • For additional progression for the oldest children, they can practise adding the numbers that each hand lands on.


A ball with numbers (write the numbers 1-6 in the squares on the ball, and in the other sections draw dots like a dice)


0 - 2 years
3 - 5 years


Large space
Small space

Motor skills

Learning areas

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