Ball Hockey for Toddlers

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Skill: Strike

20 minutes

Requirements

  • Small hockey sticks (wooden or plastic)
  • Plastic ball 8-10 cm diameter (e.g. street hockey ball)

Instructions

  1. Create two small goals in your driveway, patio, or hard surface at a local park.
  2. Play a simple game of one-against-one hockey with your toddler.
  3. Allow your child to score goals for encouragement.

Variations

  • Show your child how to “stickhandle” the ball with small touches that change the ball direction
  • Create a big goal and act as goalkeeper so your child can attempt to score on you

Benefits

This activity develops hand-eye coordination and timing while using a hockey stick (i.e., striking tool). These skills also transfer to striking with a bat or racquet.

Suggested Age2-4 years