Yellow/Blue, 32 panels. 4 inch
Generate words in categories. Develop vocabulary, word finding and memory skills. Beneficial way to organize the brain. Play with or without time limits to modify challenge level.
The Category Mania Thumball has 32 categories printed on the different panels of the ball. There are many games you can play with this ball, and here is one of our favorites:
Circle the group and explain the rules from the inside the circle.
"This activity is sort of a combination between charades and hot potato. It starts with someone standing in the center of the circle. That person will toss this ball to someone in the circle. That person will catch the ball and look under their thumb to see what category they will be charading to the person in the middle. After locking the category in their brain, they immediately get rid of the ball like a hot potato. The rest of the group will continue to toss the ball around while the other pair is charading. As soon as the person in the middle guesses the category correctly, the two of them will quickly do a high five and change places. Whoever has the ball (or should have the ball) at the instant they high five will go to the center of the circle and toss the ball to anyone to start the process again."
To add extra excitement to the game, divide the whole group into smaller circles, give the activity a limited time (like 3 minutes) and challenge the teams to get the most high fives. If the energy is up, go for another round or two.