1. Indoor Game
  2. Readiness Games
  • 1-2 Players

  • All Ages

  • Balls

  • 5-10 Minutes

This is a great game for all ages to practice their throwing and catching skills. In this game, players throw up a ball (or object) and clap as many times as they can before catching the ball


To get as many claps in before catching the ball.

Before You Start

  • Stand in a circle. 
  • Model throwing the ball up and catching it.

Set Up

No set up required

How to Play

  • The first person throws up the ball and claps once, then catches the ball. Everyone in the circle does this. 
  • If the person is successful, they then try and add a clap on their next turn to the number from the previous turn. If unsuccessful, the person keeps trying each turn. 
  • Each player only gets to throw up the ball once a turn.


  • Give each player their own ball, and see how many claps individuals can work up to within a set amount of time.
    • On a start signal all players throw their ball up, clap once, then catch the ball.  Each time an individual is successful, challenge them to add another clap before catching the ball. 
    • At the end of the designated time, have players share their successes.
  • Add a clap with each new person.
    • The first person throws the ball up, claps once, then catches the ball.  
    • The second person throws the ball up, claps twice, then catches the ball.  
    • The third person tries to clap three times, and so on and so forth.  
    • If someone is unable to clap the next number in the sequence, or misses the ball, the next person in the circle resets back to the beginning with one clap.
  • Try playing with different types of objects.
    • Scarfs or plastic produce bags float and give players more time to clap and catch.
    • Bean bags may be easier for some to catch, and don’t roll away if they are missed.