Golf balls, soft balls, tennis balls… No matter the size of the ball, they are a great way to help younger children practice several skills in different ways! We are sharing 15 ball activities for toddlers that are so much fun!
Simple Ball Activities for Young Children
Here at Kids Activities Blog, we love fun games that help kids with their growth and physical development. Playing with balls helps kids of all ages with:
- fine motor skills
- gross motor skills
- hand-eye coordination
- core strength
- sensory processing
- social skills
- and more
These ball activities are aimed at young kids, but it doesn’t mean older children won’t have fun too! So, if you’ve got a ball and some simple supplies like pool noodles and plastic bottles, you’re more than ready for a fun ball game.
We’re going to have a great time!
1. Two Simple Ball Activities for Toddlers
These activities are great for eye-hand coordination! You only need a cardboard box or a foam board, tape, a large bowl, and balls of different sizes. From Toddler Approved.
2. Easy Alphabet Activity With Letter Balls and Tunnels
You don’t need a big open space to have fun! This activity will help kids practice the alphabet in an easy way. It’s one of the best indoor ball games that will keep toddlers busy for a very long time. From Toddler in Action.
3. Balls on a Drying Rack – Toddler Activities at Home
This easy, no-prep activity takes a few minutes to set up, and you only need a drying rack and some hollow plastic balls. Who knew such a simple idea would be so much fun too?!
4. Super Easy Toddler Activities with Balls – Balls Soup
Get a big spoon and cook a “ball soup”! It’s a colorful activity that will help toddlers with different skills and keep them active at the same time.
5. Roll The Ball Learning Game Ideas For Young Children
The Educators’ Spin On It shared a few roll the ball learning game ideas for parents and teachers of young children to introduce math, phonemic awareness and vocabulary development.
6. Spontaneous Carnival Game
Let’s play a ball toss game! Grab a huge box, make some holes in it, and have your kiddo play with it for hours. You can even add scores to each cutout for some math practice. From What Do We Do All Day?
7. Easy DIY Catapult and Target Game For Kids
Your kid will love making this DIY catapult game! The instructions are so simple that kids can make the catapult all by themselves and you don’t need any special skills or materials. From What Do We Do All Day?
8. Simple Indoor Gross Motor Play Recycled Cardboard Box Ball Game
These indoor ball games are great gross motor play and only use recycled cardboard boxes. Perfect for counting and practicing the colors, too. From Little Bins For Little Hands.
9. Easy Indoor Ball Game
Here’s a fun way to spend a rainy day inside if you have a cardboard box, some marbles, or ping-pong balls. Putting together this indoor ball game could not be easier. From What Do We Do All Day?
10. Indoor Counting Croquet
This game takes a bit of time to set up, but once you do, kids will have so much fun playing with it; plus, they’ll get to practice their numbers too. From Toddler Approved.
11. Ball Painting
Bouncing, rolling, moving (and even singing)! This is really easy to set up, and makes for good messy, fun process art activity! Perfect for a sunny spring day. From Happy Toddler Playtime.
12. Global Games: Playing Marbles in France
Here are some engaging ways you can use marbles to play at home. Inexpensive, easy, and lots of fun! From Mama Smiles.
13. Super Simple Color Ball Matching Game for Kids
A quick and low prep fine motor activity to teach colors using ball pit balls in a balancing and color matching game for kids of all ages! From Hands On As We Grow.
14. 5 Activities You Can do With Ball Pit Balls
Ball pit balls are great for younger and older kids alike. Here are 5 things you can do with ball pit balls, using things you probably already own at home. It also doubles as a large sensory bin. From Toot’s Mom Is Tired.
15. DIY Ball Drop Box for Babies
Babies love to drop objects into containers and take them out again. This easy DIY project will help develop your baby’s fine motor skills and sensory input while using materials you already have at home. From Taming Little Monsters.
WANT MORE ACTIVITIES FOR TODDLERS? TRY THESE FROM KIDS ACTIVITIES BLOG:
- We have the best activities for 2 year olds and older children – find your favorite!
- See this list of toddler activities!
- Our paper plate animals are the perfect way to learn about animals.
- These sensory bags are great for fine motor skills and are easy to make.
- Sensory processing might look different for each person.
- This infant crawling tunnel is ideal for hours and hours of fun.
- This water clay play is a perfect sensory activity for the summer.
- check out these art activities for toddlers!
- We have plenty of easy crafts for 2 year olds!
- Here are 10 great vestibular movement activities for toddlers.
Did your toddler enjoy these ball games?