Here are some additional ideas for how balls can be used in therapy sessions. For ball activities focusing on UE use, Go to Brilliant Therapy section under OT=unlimited=grasp development and find ‘Balls and Arms Activities’.
-Throw velcro balls to a target
-Place butcher paper across a doorway, and then cut an X. It is fun to see the ball go thru the X cut opening and then closing behind the ball as it passes.
-Try walking around with 3 balls balanced between your hands.
-Place cardboard squares on the ground and bounce the ball 1x on each one.
-Lay prone on a large ball and transfer items or try doing in a supine position (See pictures)
-Bounce balls off of a trampoline or wall.
-Try shaking ball pit balls by standing and holding one end of a parachute (the other end of the parachute can be held by others, or fastened to a wall or clamped to a heavy table).
-Get those abdominal muscles worked out, by having kids lay down in a row or circle and pass the ball with their feet while supine on the ground.
-Any form of ballet ball is good. Try placing a party streamer to the ball and let it fly in the air behind the ball, helping your client visually track it.
-Coconut bowling is fun with a coconut (or ball) and water bottles filled with water and a drop of blue food coloring to give it added interest.
-Ball Mailng- Send a message to another by taping a message to the ball and then rolling it to another friend.
-Try using a ball that lights up when it is thrown or shook.
-Jump onto a ball pit where the large balls are pushed together by the edges of a kids pool (the one shown was purchased from Walmart)