75-year-old Stuart Campbell, of Hawick, pleaded guilty to the crime, which took place outside his home at Liddesdale Courthouse on the evening of 31 May.
The financial prosecutor, Alasdair Faye, told Jedburgh Sheriff Court that the children were playing in a public play park around 7pm when a ball came over the fence and hit the wall of his house.
He said: “The accused started shouting and swearing at the children. He grabbed a boy by the jacket he was wearing and took the ball out of his hands.
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“The accused fully cooperated with the police and confessed to what he did.”
Defense attorney Ross Dow said the first offender was struggling with his mental health at the time.
He said: “He had been separated from his partner and had been sleeping rough in Edinburgh before reclaiming his home in Hawick.
“He was at a very low ebb and took out his frustration on this little boy. He’s never been in trouble before.”
The ruling has been adjourned until July 3.
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