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🔅 Recommended Daytime Activity
James Naismith was a physical education teacher. One cold winter, he was asked to create a game that his students could play indoors … and he invented basketball! The first baskets were peach baskets that did not have a hole in the bottom; when someone got the ball into the basket, they had to use a ladder to climb up and get the ball out of the basket to keep playing! Each team had 9 players not 5 like we do now. “The invention of basketball was not an accident. It was developed to meet a need.” — James Naismith
James Naismith invented the PAW-fect indoor game — basketball, and now you and your little inventor can create your OWN version of this game! Let’s play indoor “box-it” ball!
☑ A box (a cardboard box or any other container you have at home)
☑ A soft ball
☑ Printable (optional)
Here’s how to explain this activity to your child:
Warm-up by watching the pups practice for a big basketball game, print a scoreboard for your refrigerator, and learn a few jokes that’ll cause the competition to giggle.
Words to Use
Stand next to the basket and throw the ball into the box together. How many times can you get the ball into the box?
Make the game more challenging. Move farther away from the box or try putting the box higher up (like on a chair or on a counter). If each time you get the ball in, you make 2 points, how many points do you make?
Try asking these questions at lunchtime or dinnertime:
What will YOU invent? What will it do? What problem will it solve?