Christmas Tree Ball Toss

by Amy Collins June 8, 2018

This Christmas Tree Ball Toss #WhatsInMyTray is a great activity to help your class with their hand-eye coordination skills and have fun while they do it.

Learning outcomes

You will be able to:

  • Practise your aiming skills and develop hand-eye coordination by throwing a ball into a target.

You will need:

  • 3 x Deep Gratnells trays (F3)
  • 1 x Shallow (F1) tray
  • Large piece of cardboard, big enough to cover three Gratnells trays (for the tree, star and baubles)
  • Green and red paint
  • Glitter (to decorate the star and baubles)
  • Glue
  • Candy canes
  • Tinsel
  • Beads
  • 1 x Scissors or cutting knife (for adult use)
  • 10-20 x Balls or beanbags


  • Cut a large Christmas tree out of cardboard, decorate it and allow to dry. The final tree should be big enough to cover three deep Gratnells trays placed next to each other.
  • Cut circular holes in your tree; some big enough for balls or bags to be thrown into, and some that are too small. The children will need to work out which holes to target.
  • Place three deep trays next to each other in a line. Place your tree over the top of the trays, lining the holes up over the empty trays.
  • Fill the shallow tray with the balls or bean bags and place it at an appropriate distance from the tree.
  • Take photographs during the preparation stage to capture your work.

What to do:

  • Line up by the shallow tray and take it in turns to throw a ball or beanbag into the Christmas tree targets.
  • Take photographs to capture the action.

Other things to try…

  • Have a competition. Split into teams and see how many balls or beanbags each team can get into the targets.
  • Try and make different Christmas outlines e.g. a reindeer, cracker or even a star.
  • Share photographs of your Christmas fun on social media using #WhatsInMyTray.

Health and Safety

As with all Gratnells Learning Rooms What’s In My Tray activities, you should carry out your own risk assessment prior to undertaking any of the activities or demonstrations. Please take extra care when using scissors/cutting knives.