Concentration, coordination, cooperation, persistence
Teacher Note: This is best done in the gym or outside. You will need beanbags or medium-sized balls that are easy to catch and throw.
- Have you ever seen anyone juggle? Where? What did they use?
- Have you ever tried juggling? What did you use?
- Can you describe what juggling is all about?
Explain that juggling takes coordination, patience and skill.
Have students participate in a “group” juggle. Form groups of 6-8 and introduce the activity:
- The group stands in a circle with one person holding the ball or beanbag. This first player throws the ball to another player in the circle who in turn throws it to someone else.
- The tosses continue until everyone in the circle has received and tossed the ball once and the ball has come back to the first player. Players make a point of remembering which person they received from and which person they tossed to.
- Explain that they have just established the pattern that they will now repeat:
- Each player always receives from the same person and then always tosses it to the same person.
- Another way to help students visualize the pattern is to explain that the ball always travels the same route, passing through the same sequence of players.
- The objective is for the group to cycle continuously through the toss sequence, without dropping or pausing (since the pattern has the same start and end point, it can repeat endlessly).
Start slowly, and then increase speed. Once the students have a comfortable rhythm of catching and receiving, introduce another ball. Add a third.
For maximum challenge, try adding a ball that travels backwards!
Encourage students to try teaching this activity to family and friends. Challenge them to add even more objects and go faster!