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Red ball, yellow ball... [2]

Short description

Invisible balls are played pantomimically



Group size



10 minutes



The aim of this exercise is to improve

  • the ability to concentrate

  • auditory and visual attention

  • precise verbal announcements

  • the ability to remember increasingly complex situations

  • stamina

In addition to concentration, this game also trains the children's ability to react.


  1. The group lines up in a circle.

  2. An imaginary ball is circulated and one child throws it to the other.

  3. While doing so, the thrower seeks eye contact with the chosen person and calls out: "Red ball!".

  4. The catcher also confirms the acceptance of the ball with "Red ball!".

In this way, the imaginary red ball is "thrown back and forth" between the other players.

Only through precise playing and the reassurance that the other person has also "caught" the corresponding ball, no ball is lost.


The level of difficulty can be increased by adding more balls to the game: a yellow ball, a green ball, a blue ball, etc. It becomes increasingly important to play as a team. It becomes increasingly important to follow the imaginary ball with your eyes as the catcher and to signal to the throwing child through eye contact that you accept the ball.


Especially when different balls are in play, attention must also be paid to the exactness of the language and the respective colour of the ball must be said loudly and clearly.

Background information for further reading


Speech functions

Cognition and consciousness


Learning Fundamentals

Learning and memory

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