Mom Approved Throwing Games

Updated: Dec 2, 2021

Do your kids like to throw things?


Sometimes they want to throw things when you don’t want them to, and when they do they can’t aim. But here are two fun Halloween games that can be played anytime of year and help them improve their aim and keep them focused on mom approved throwing.


After all, we want them to develop aiming skills right? To aim at targets we approve of!


So here are two games that are simple to set up and can be played independently.


Bug Toss

How you set it up:

** Create spiders with pipe cleaners, or purchase some of these plastic bugs and webbing on Amazon

** Wrap the webbing between two chairs, or across some other furniture to create a trapped space

** Put a blue piece of tape on the ground, or mark it with a cone and encourage your little ones to stand back and aim



Ghost Toss

How you set it up:


* Use thick napkins, tissues or white cloth and wrap it over a tissue


* Use a piece of yarn or tape to make the bubble at the top


* Draw the eyes and mouth with a black marker


* Place a laundry basket or box at the end of the hallway


* Put a blue piece of tape on the ground, or mark it with a cone and encourage your little ones to stand back and aim




Learning Goals:


Did you know that physical skills such as tossing and aiming takes a lot of time and practice for young kids to develop. At the age of 2 they toss with their whole body not just their arm and often without being able to aim.


As they have practiced and turn 3 and closer to 4 you can see their focus on just using their arm is more intentional. That’s why having larger web space in the bug toss, or bigger buckets like a laundry basket helps to give kids a wider target to help them feel successful.



For added fun or challenges try moving the standing place to different locations. Or, try moving the target to higher elevation. Like put the basket on a chair, or move the spider webbing along a wall.


Want to learn more? Check out this video or this page of games and active play.