Benefits of Using Bean Bags:
- Younger children may find bean bags easier to handle than a ball. A bean bag is usually smaller and softer than a ball; consequently a child has less fear of being hit or hurt.
- Because bean bags can’t roll away, they may be less frustrating for the child with poor coordination skills.
- Catching and throwing a bean bag helps a child develop the skill of grasp and release.
- A bean bag will help a child develop the hand strength required for handling a ball.
- Gross motor skills: using the large muscles of the arms, legs and trunk
- Fine motor skills: using the small muscles of the of the body (eyes, hands, fingers) to perform specific movements such as throwing and catching
- Hand-eye coordination: hands and eyes working together smoothly to meet a challenge
- Balance: being able to hold the position of the body through the interaction of muscles working together
- Laterality: understanding of the differences between right and left and being able to control the two sides of the body independently and together
- Kinesthetic awareness: inner messages from the muscles, tendons, and joints received by the body in order to move
- Listening skills: ability to follow verbal directions