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Name of Activity:

Dribbling Numbers

Academic content:


Purpose of Activity:

To have students work on their number recognition skills and their dribbling skills.

Suggested Grade Level:

2nd and Up

Materials Needed:

Balls that students can successfully bounce, poly spots or laminated cards with numbers on them

Physical activity:


Description of Idea

Make several sets of 1-10 (or however high you want to go) numbered poly spots. Randomly spread these spots throughout the playing area.

Have each student get a ball to dribble. Have the students stand on a poly spot. On the teachers signal have the students dribble that many times on the poly spot. After they do that their job is to find the next consecutive number (i.e., if they started at 4 they are to find a 5) and dribble that many times on that number. Depending on the skill level of your students they can dribble with two hands or with one. What you are looking for is control of the dribble. Make sure they can hit the spot each time. If they miss they can start again at the number they missed on.

Students can either pick up the ball and carry it to the next number or you can have them dribble.


Put simple math equations on the spots and then they have to dribble that many times on the spot.

Have them dribble around the spot the number of times that is listed on the spot.

Have them dribble the ball with their feet instead of dribbling. Now they have to dribble around the spot the number of times listed on the spot.

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Submitted by Cindy  Kuhrash who teaches at Barneveld Schools Thanks for contributing to PE Central! Posted on PEC: 5/31/2001.

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