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Milk Carton Catcher!

Age Range
3-8 yrs
Setup Time
5 minutes!
Setup Location
Indoor/ Outdoor

Children learn at a very early age how to roll a ball. As they grow into toddlers, they can begin to understand the basics of playing catch. As with any other skill, catching a ball is something that takes practice.

Being able to catch a ball is vital in order to play many team games (such as netball, Gaelic football, rugby, baseball, cricket and basketball) as well as playground games such as bounce and catch at a wall, in a circle or aim at a target.

Children who are unable to catch a ball may be obvious to their peers. Therefore, children need plenty of opportunities and time to play with a variety of balls and small equipment.

It’s time to play pitcher and catcher!


  1.  Cut the bottoms off the milk cartons. Once this is done, wash and dry the bottles well

  2. You can decorate the outside of the bottles with craft tape and markers. Be sure to use tape to cover the edge!

  3. Use a small ball or make a simple ball out of crumpled-up newspaper, wrapped in craft tape

  4. Have your child use the ball catcher to toss and catch the ball!

Disclaimer: This presents an overview of child development. It is important to keep in mind that the time frames presented are averages and some children may achieve various developmental milestones earlier or later than the average but still be within the normal range of development. This information is presented to help parents understand, at a high level, what to expect from their child. Any questions/concerns you may have about your child’s development should be shared with your doctor.