This age old simple past time is worth re-considering especially if your son hasn’t done it in awhile.
- Make sure his glove fits.
- Find some good baseballs in the garage.
- Show him where he can throw away from windows.
- Barefoot in the grass is best.
- Send him outside.
- If he comes in after 5 minutes send him outside again.
If he doesn’t have a brother or sister to play catch with he can simply throw the ball against the brick side of the house on the driveway or have him just throw it up for pop fly catches. Encourage him to make a game of the number of catches vs. number of misses, boys love setting records and having goals with physical activities.
Developmentally, the benefits are huge.
- He can increase his eye hand coordination while combining quick movements and balance.
- He can learn to entertain himself.
- He is outside getting sun (we don’t allow playing catch in the house!).
- Being barefoot in the grass adds extra sensory benefits.
- Learning to catch a baseball will help him with all other sports.
- If he is out front chances are that other kids will see him out and join him adding the social benefits to this already great activity.
He does not need to be on a team or even have plans to join a baseball team, he just needs to learn how to catch the ball and practice it a lot. Finally, Get dad out with him when you can, there are not too many things that can top playing catch with your pop!