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Bouncy Balls and Cups

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This can be a wild bouncy ball activity. Be prepared to chase balls everywhere.

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You stand at one end of a table with the client at the other end. You then roll Bouncy Balls one at a time across the table, and the client has to catch them in a cup as they roll off of the table.  If you have more than one person at a time, they can do the activity together.  This would be a great game to co-treat with Physical Therapy too.

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This activity works on visual convergence and visual tracking while watching the balls come toward you. It can be hard to catch the balls depending on how fast you roll them, which works on motor control and motor speed.

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You can use one cup or two cups, and require the balls be caught with a particular hand. This can work on crossing midline and encourage use of an involved arm.

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  • Bouncy balls
  • Cups
  • Table to roll the balls on


  • Visual convergence
  • Visual tracking
  • Crossing midline
  • Upper extremity motor control
  • Upper extremity motor speed
  • Use of involved upper extremity

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Tonya is a pediatric Occupational Therapist, and loves creating things to work on skills and solve problems.

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  1. Libby Van Bruggen
    Libby Van Bruggen says:

    Our favorite cups are the clear measuring cups that come with the dispenser-type Tide bottles. We actually did this today!


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  1. […] of the motor response. I can see a student’s motor response speed when we play the game with the balls and cup. I roll small bouncy balls across a table and the student has to catch them in a cup as they roll […]

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