Thursday, June 11, 2015


What do all these things have in common?

They can all be used to juggle!

I just love random holidays like "World Juggler's Day" on June 20th. Why? They are like writing prompts and give me ideas to share with you.

Juggling is fuel for the brain because it requires you to cross the midline, develops eye-hand coordination, and can improve focus and self-control.

Juggling can be a great brain break in the classroom or an activity to entertain children on a summer day. It can be done inside, outside, or in a small area.

You can uses wadded up sheets of paper, tissues, sponge balls, or juggling scarves. (I made my own juggling scarves by cutting 10" squares out of netting.)

Begin by having children wad up a piece of scrap paper. Can they toss it and catch it? Can they play catch with a friend? Can they toss it, clap, and then catch it? How many times can they toss it without dropping it?

Practice tossing the paper ball from the right hand to the left.

Add a second paper ball and let the fun begin!