Ball Hockey for Children

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Skill: Strike

30 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 hockey game with two or three children per team.
  3. Adult can play as a passing player who models good team play.

Variations

  • Show children how to “stick handle” the ball with small touches that change the ball direction
  • Create a big goal and act as goalkeeper for your children to take turns shooting at 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 Age5-8 years