Throwing is a preschool lesson on physical activity that will teach children how to throw a ball overhand. Children will learn how to place their feet and will learn how to throw at a target. They will learn to step with opposite foot and will go learn how to complete the entire throwing motion range.
Each child will need their own ball or beanbag. Koosh balls and yarn balls are good choices because they are soft and will not hurt if a child accidentally hits another child with one. The chosen ball or beanbag should fit well in the child's hand. If a ball or beanbag is too big or too small, it will not work well for this activity.
This activity should be done in an area with a lot of space, such as a gym or a schoolyard. There should be no obstacles in the child's way. The child should be instructed to “bend their elbow up, hold the ball/beanbag behind their head, take a step forward with the foot opposite of the hand holding the ball/beanbag, and then throw the beanbag/ball as hard as they can". The child should throw the ball/beanbag at the wall if they are in a gym. If they are outside, they do not have to throw at anything. If outside, the teacher can set up some cones for the children to aim for. If the children are having difficulty stepping forward with their opposite foot, the teacher can draw a chalk line on the ground and have the children step over that line when they throw to help them get used to stepping forward.
The teacher should ensure all children are using the proper throwing technique. Since it can be difficult for preschool children to aim, it can be a good idea to not use any targets at first. The targets can be added later, once the children better develop their throwing skills. When first teaching preschool children to throw, it is a good idea to also demonstrate the technique several times because young children often learn by watching others.