Creative

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 by throwing a ball/beanbag into a target.

You will need:

  • 3 x Deep Gratnells trays (F3)
  • 1 x Shallow (F1) tray full of balls and beanbags
  • Large piece of cardboard (for the tree, star and baubles)
  • Green and red paint
  • Glitter (to decorate the star and baubles)
  • Glue
  • Candy canes
  • Tinsel
  • Beads

What to do:

  • Cut a large Christmas tree out of cardboard and decorate it. You must ensure it is big enough to cover three deep Gratnells trays.
  • Cut circular holes in your tree; some big enough for balls to be thrown into, and some that are too small. This will help the children to identify the right holes to target.
  • Secure your tree to the tops of your trays and so that the holes are over the empty trays. Let the paint and decorations dry into place.
  • Line up and take it in turns to throw a ball or beanbag into the Christmas tree targets.

Other things to try…

  • Have a competition in teams to see how many balls each group 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.

Curriculum links:

Key Stage 2- National Curriculum D.T– To select from and use a wider range of tools and equipment to perform practical tasks [for example, cutting, shaping, joining and finishing], accurately.

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.