Package 5-5-Basketball Toss

This hands-on activity allows learners to investigate how to use different methods to collect data, comparing results, interpreting data and evaluating. It is great fun and they won’t feel like it is Mathematics.

Week 2 - Package 5 - Year 3 & 4 Mathematics - Basketball Toss

Things you need

Have these things available so your child can complete this task

Ideal Back up

Pair of socks


Basket, bucket or container


A clear space


Pencils or markers


Mathematics workbook / paper



Why is this activity important?

This activity is important because it allows students to investigate using different methods to collect data, comparing results, interpreting data and evaluating.

It is also fun! They don’t feel like it is Mathematics

Before you start

Gather equipment needed.

Ensure student has enough space to complete activity.

What your child needs to know and do

Watch the video Basketball toss.

What to do next

  • Mark a clear ‘starting line’ for your basketball toss

  • Take 3 big steps from your starting line and place a basket, bucket or container at the end

  • Stand at your starting line and throw your socks with your right hand.

  • Throw your socks, aiming for the basket, 10 times with your right hand.

  • Then, do the same thing 10 times with your left hand

  • Graph your results in your workbook.

Options for your child

Activity too hard? Activity too easy?

Move closer to the basket.

Use a larger container.

Move the starting line.

Ask students to throw the socks 20 times.

Discuss with students whilst they are completing the activity, how many more.

Have three throwing points all with different points for getting the socks in, students then tally up the points.

Follow-up questions to ask your child

Do you think these results will change with practice?

How many baskets did you get when you used your left hand?

How many baskets did you get when you used your right hand?

How many did you get altogether?

Extension/Additional activity

Students complete the same activity with 3 different starting lines.

Each line represents different points. For example, 3 points, 2 points, 1 point.

Student keeps a tally of how many points they score.

The student with the most points wins.


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