What to do with this activity?
Plainsy clapsy is a traditional game played with a small ball against a wall or just throwing it up in the air. A child can play it on their own, or see how well they get on compared to their friends. It's a nice personal challenge that's good for hand-eye co-ordination. Here is the rhyme with the actions described in brackets.
Plainsy (throw the ball against the wall and catch it)
Clapsy (throw the ball against the wall and clap your hands before catching it)
Twirl around (throw ball against the wall and twirl hands before catching it)
To back-sy (throw ball against the wall and touch shoulders before catching it)
Right hand (throw and catch the ball with the right hand only)
Left hand (throw and catch the ball with the left hand only)
High city (throw it high on the wall and catch it)
Low city (throw it low on the wall and catch it)
Touch your knees (throw it and touch your knees before catching it)
Touch your toes (throw it and touch your toes before catching it)
Touch your heel (throw it and touch a heel behind you before catching it)
And under you go (throw the ball from under one leg and catch it)
Why am I doing this?
One of the ways children learn is through play. A child who is playing is refining learning skills that continue to develop during childhood and beyond. Indoor and outdoor games are a great way of practising some of the reading, writing and number skills your child has learned.
How can I do more?
Encourage your child to teach you a game – letting them teach you something is empowering for your child.
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