“Ball Play involves one or more gross-motor, whole-body skills including: throwing, rolling, kicking, bouncing, and batting. To adults, these seem simple enough, but in order to do any of these ordinary activities, sophisticated sensory and motor skills are at work including Proprioception (a sense of your own body), Spatial Awareness (a sense of the space you occupy), Temporal Awareness (timing), Directionality, Balance, Eye/Hand and Eye/Foot Coordination, among others.
But physical activity and the fitness that results is only the beginning of the benefits of ball play.”
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The article at Moving Smart is actually defending ball play (it was apparently recently banned in at least one Canadian school), but what I really love about this article is how it talks about the sensory, gross motor and social development that ball play promotes.