Walk the Ball up the Wall

By Activity Bank on Jun 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 fine-motor activity has students practice bilateral hand use (both hands alternately doing the same thing), wrist extension, upper extremity strength and range of motion. It is designed to improve any activity that requires both hands to do the same thing (e.g. rolling dough for cooking) or alternating hand movements. Lessons include Orientation and Mobility and Independent Living.


Plastic ball


Have the student sit in front of a wall with her fingertips on the ball. Have the student “walk” (push) the ball up the wall, using one hand after the other.


  • Use different balls (e.g. Nerf ball, tennis ball).
  • Have the student stand in front of a wall to “walk” the ball.

Hint: Do not use a ball that is too heavy for the student, and guard against falling (if she has balance issues).