Bounce Ball

  1. Ball Games
  • Large Group (10 and up)

  • Grades 1-2

  • Dodgeballs

  • 10 minutes or more

Development Goal

Spatial awareness

Before You Start

Demonstrate what a “one bounce” throw is.  It is a throw that hits the ground one time and then strikes another player.

Set Up

Can be played outside or in a gym. Designate a safe area with enough room for kids to move.

How to Play

  • Students are free to run around the area (gym, outside within boundaries, etc) as they please.
  • When a student picks up a ball they must stop moving and their feet become frozen.
    Students throw the balls at other players using the “one bounce” throw.
  • If a student gets hit by a ball that has been “one bounced” they must sit down where they got hit.
  • Students that are sitting are not out of the game, they attempt to get balls as they roll past them.
  • If they get a ball, they may throw it, while still sitting down, at a player that is standing.
  • If they hit the standing player, the sitter gets to stand up and the player that got hit will sit down.
  • Play continues this way for the rest of the game.
  • Make sure to emphasize that you may not move if you have a ball and that you should not move while sitting down to get a ball.


For younger students, if a player gets hit, they can simply do 5 jumping jacks and then return to the game.