Basic Striking

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Skill: Strike

15 minutes

Requirements

  • 60-80 cm smooth stick or narrow piece of lumber that fits in child’s hands
  • Hockey tape
  • Ball(s) 10-25 cm in diameter or empty tin can

Instructions

  1. Wrap one end of the stick with hockey tape to form a handgrip.
  2. In an outdoor place (yard or park), hit the ball or tin can around on the ground.
  3. Make sure your child does not hit animals or other children.

Variations

  • As your child develops better control of the stick, try rolling a ball for them to hit

Benefits

This activity develops hand-eye coordination and timing while using a striking tool (such as a bat, a racquet, or a hockey stick).

Suggested Age1-3 years