Ping-Pong Flick

By Activity Bank on Oct 17, 2013

This activity has been revised and was originally created by Kathy Heydt and Monica Allon and published in the Perkins Activity and Resource Guide (1st edition, 1992).  The second edition is available for purchase.

This activity works on fine motor skills, concentrating on thumb and individual finger use while keeping the palm facing down. The result will be an easier time folding or creasing paper, as well as using tape. Lessons include Orientation and Mobility.

Materials

Ping-Pong balls

Procedure

  • Have the student sit comfortably at a long table.
  • Place one Ping-Pong ball at a time in front of the student. With the palm facing down have her “flick” the Ping-Pong ball (index finger pushed out against the thumb) toward the wall. Place a large drawing or object as a target at the wall and have the student aim at those items. If the student does not have usable vision, provide a sound source (e.g. beeper, timer or clock) at the wall. Switch hands used to “flick” the balls.

Variations

Sliders

  • Use a variety of objects to “flick” (e.g. wads of paper, coins, Sliders® by Milton Bradley, as pictured on the left).
  • Use a variety of different balls (golf balls, Nerf® balls, tennis balls).
  • Vary the distance to “flick” the balls.
  • Have the student “flick” a coin (quarter) toward an edge of the table. Instruct her to try to keep it on the table where it “hangs” off of the edge. Do this game with two students on either edge of the table.

Hint: Caution against the balls hitting other students or knocking over items in the area.