Ball Hockey for Children

Ball Hockey for Children


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


  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.


  • 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


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.


  • Skill: Strike
  • 30 minutes
  • Suggested age: 5 - 8 years