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Activities for kids

The fun activities below help kids to develop the fundamental movement skills that provide an early foundation for physical literacy. You can search these activities according to child age and movement skill using the sorting tool above.

  • Frisbee golf image

    Frisbee Golf

    Skill: Throw

    30 minutes

    Suggested age: 6 - 12 years

    This activity further develops frisbee throwing, and it includes some imagination and problem-solving challenges in setting up the golf course.

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  • Frisbee bowling image

    Frisbee Bowling

    Skill: Throw

    20 minutes

    Suggested age: 6 - 12 years

    This activity develops more advanced skill in throwing a frisbee for accuracy.

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  • Frisbee Basics

    Frisbee Basics

    Skill: Throw

    15 minutes

    Suggested age: 6 - 12 years

    This activity develops an unusual style of throwing that requires both large-motor and fine-motor coordination of the hands, wrists, arms, legs, and trunk.

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  • Twist and Shout

    Twist and Shout

    Skill: Balance

    10 minutes

    Suggested age: 4 - 12 years

    This activity develops coordination and balance as kids shift their weight from one foot to the other while twisting their body through a dynamic range of motion.

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  • Throwing stones in water activity

    Throwing Stones in Water

    Skill: Throw

    30 minutes

    Suggested age: 4 - 12 years

    This activity develops coordination of arms and torso, fine motor control, and the ability to “read” distances. These skills transfer to sports and activities that involve throwing an object accurately over a perceived distance (e.g., balls, frisbees, ribbons, sticks, batons).

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  • Throw and catch wheeling activity

    Throw and Catch – Wheeling

    Skill: Catch, Throw, Wheeling

    5 minutes

    Suggested age: 5 - 12 years

    This activity develops throwing and catching skills together with core strength.

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  • Tennis Ball Bounce Catch

    Tennis Ball Bounce Catch

    Skill: Catch

    20 minutes

    Suggested age: 6 - 12 years

    This activity develops hand-eye coordination, fine motor control, and the ability to track moving objects in the air. These skills transfer to sports and activities that involve flying objects (e.g., balls, shuttlecocks, frisbees, ribbons, sticks, batons).

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  • Target Throwing

    Target Throwing

    Skill: Throw

    30 minutes

    Suggested age: 4 - 10 years

    This activity develops coordination of arms and torso, fine motor control, and the ability to “read” distances. These skills transfer to sports and activities that involve throwing an object accurately over a perceived distance (e.g., balls, frisbees, javelins, darts, ribbons, sticks, batons).

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  • Tag

    Tag

    Skill: Agility

    10 minutes

    Suggested age: 5 - 12 years

    This activity develops coordination of legs, arms and torso, plus dynamic balance and speed. These skills transfer to sports and activities that involve dynamic balance and speed (e.g., soccer, basketball, hockey, volleyball, racquet sports, martial arts, dance).

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  • Standing Broad Jump

    Standing Broad Jump

    Skill: Jump

    10 minutes

    Suggested age: 4 - 10 years

    This activity develops dynamic balance, coordination, and strength required for any and all sports and activities that involve jumping (e.g., basketball, baseball, soccer, volleyball, track and field, gymnastics, diving).

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  • Soccer Dribbling

    Soccer Dribbling

    Skill: Kick

    15 minutes

    Suggested age: 5 - 12 years

    This activity develops leg coordination, strength and fine motor control in the lower body. It also develops balance and rhythmical movement. These skills transfer to sports and activities that involve dynamic balance and rhythmical movement (e.g., soccer, basketball, volleyball, racquet sports, martial arts, dance).

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  • Running Long Jump

    Running Long Jump

    Skill: Run

    15 minutes

    Suggested age: 4 - 12 years

    This activity develops dynamic balance, coordination, timing, and strength required for any and all sports and activities that involve a running jump (e.g., basketball, baseball, soccer, volleyball, track and field, gymnastics).

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  • River Leap

    River Leap

    Skill: Jump

    10 minutes

    Suggested age: 4 - 12 years

    This activity develops dynamic balance, coordination, rhythm, and timing required for any and all sports and activities that involve a running jump (e.g., basketball, baseball, soccer, volleyball, track and field, gymnastics).

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  • River Bank

    River Bank

    Skill: Jump

    10 minutes

    Suggested age: 4 - 12 years

    This activity develops dynamic balance, coordination, mental focus, and reaction time required at older ages for a variety of sports and activities.

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  • Overhand Catch

    Overhand Catch

    Skill: Catch

    15 minutes

    Suggested age: 6 - 12 years

    This activity develops hand-eye coordination, fine motor control, and the ability to track moving objects in the air. These skills transfer to sports and activities that involve flying objects (e.g., balls, shuttlecocks, frisbees, ribbons, sticks, batons).

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  • Outdoor Golf Toss

    Outdoor Golf Toss

    Skill: Throw

    30 minutes

    Suggested age: 6 - 12 years

    This activity develops coordination of arms and torso, fine motor control, and the ability to “read” distances. These skills transfer to sports and activities that involve throwing an object accurately over a perceived distance (e.g., balls, frisbees, ribbons, sticks, batons).

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  • Monkey Bar Challenge

    Monkey Bar Challenge

    Skill: Agility

    15 minutes

    Suggested age: 4 - 10 years

    This activity develops coordination of legs, arms and torso, plus dynamic balance and body proprioception. These skills transfer to sports and activities that involve dynamic balance and proprioception (e.g., gymnastics, aerial diving, martial arts, dance, soccer, basketball, hockey, volleyball).

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  • Kick Side Foot

    Kick Side Foot

    Skill: Kick

    15 minutes

    Suggested age: 3 - 12 years

    This activity develops leg coordination, strength and fine motor control in the lower body. These skills transfer to sports and activities that involve kicking an object (e.g., soccer, football, martial arts).

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  • Kick Instep

    Kick Instep

    Skill: Kick

    15 minutes

    Suggested age: 5 - 12 years

    This activity develops leg coordination, strength and fine motor control in the lower body. These skills transfer to sports and activities that involve kicking an object (e.g., soccer, football, martial arts).

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  • Kangaroo Hopping

    Kangaroo Hopping

    Skill: Hop

    10 minutes

    Suggested age: 3 - 10 years

    This activity develops dynamic balance, coordination, and rhythm required for activities at older ages such as running, skipping, hopping, and dancing.

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  • Jump Rope

    Jump Rope

    Skill: Jump

    15 minutes

    Suggested age: 5 - 12 years

    This activity develops dynamic balance, coordination, and rhythm required for sports and activities such as volleyball, tennis, badminton, and dance.

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  • Hopscotch

    Hopscotch

    Skill: Hop

    20 minutes

    Suggested age: 4 - 12 years

    This activity develops dynamic balance, coordination, and rhythm required for activities at older ages such as running, skipping, hopping, and dancing.

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  • Hockey Shooting

    Hockey Shooting

    Skill: Strike

    15 minutes

    Suggested age: 4 - 12 years

    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.

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  • Dodge Ball

    Dodge Ball

    Skill: Agility

    15 minutes

    Suggested age: 8 - 12 years

    This activity develops coordination of legs, arms and torso, plus dynamic balance and speed. These skills transfer to sports and activities that involve dynamic balance and speed (e.g., soccer, basketball, hockey, volleyball, racquet sports, martial arts, dance).

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  • Crab Walk

    Crab Walk

    Skill: Balance

    15 minutes

    Suggested age: 5 - 12 years

    This activity develops coordination, balance, and strength as kids try to imitate the movements of a crab.

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  • Cardboard Javelin

    Cardboard Javelin

    Skill: Throw

    15 minutes

    Suggested age: 4 - 10 years

    This activity develops coordination of arms and torso, fine motor control, and the ability to “read” distances. These skills transfer to sports and activities that involve throwing an object accurately over a perceived distance (e.g., balls, javelins, frisbees, ribbons, sticks, batons).

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  • Bucket Toss Golf

    Bucket Toss Golf

    Skill: Throw

    30 minutes

    Suggested age: 4 - 10 years

    This activity develops coordination of arms and torso, fine motor control, and the ability to “read” distances. These skills transfer to sports and activities that involve throwing an object accurately over a perceived distance (e.g., balls, frisbees, ribbons, sticks, batons).

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  • Bowling Milk Cartons

    Bowling Milk Cartons

    Skill: Throw

    30 minutes

    Suggested age: 4 - 12 years

    his activity develops coordination of arms and torso, fine motor control, and the ability to “read” distances. These skills transfer to sports and activities that involve throwing an object accurately over a perceived distance (e.g., balls, frisbees, ribbons, sticks, batons).

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  • Beach ball handball activity

    Beach Ball Handball

    Skill: Strike

    30 minutes

    Suggested age: 5 - 10 years

    This activity develops hand-eye coordination and timing for striking a moving object. These skills also transfer to striking with a bat, racquet, or stick.

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  • Basketball Dribble

    Basketball Dribble

    Skill: Dribble

    15 minutes

    Suggested age: 5 - 12 years

    This activity develops hand-eye coordination, balance, and rhythmical movement.

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  • Baseball Throwing

    Baseball Throwing

    Skill: Throw

    30 minutes

    Suggested age: 7 - 12 years

    This activity develops coordination of arms and torso, fine motor control, and the ability to “read” distances. These skills transfer to sports and activities that involve throwing an object accurately over a perceived distance (e.g., balls, frisbees, ribbons, sticks, batons).

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  • Baseball batting activity

    Baseball Batting

    Skill: Strike

    20 minutes

    Suggested age: 5 - 12 years

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

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  • Balloon Volleyball

    Balloon Volleyball

    Skill: Volley

    15 minutes

    Suggested age: 5 - 10 years

    This activity develops hand-eye coordination, gross and fine motor control, and the ability to track moving objects in the air. These skills transfer to sports and activities that involve striking or catching an object in the air (e.g., balls, frisbees, ribbons, sticks, batons).

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  • Balloon tennis activity

    Balloon Tennis

    Skill: Strike

    30 minutes

    Suggested age: 5 - 12 years

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

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