- Open space (indoor or outdoor) with hard floor surface at least 3m by 5m
- Building wall without windows or tall fence to shoot against
- Street hockey ball or lightweight plastic ball with holes
- Plastic or wooden hockey sticks (child-size)
- 2 empty milk cartons, large yoghurt containers or other objects for goal posts
- Place your 2 goal posts 2 metres apart beside the fence or wall.
- Show your child how to hit a hockey slap shot.
- Stand to one side of the ball with feet shoulder width apart.
- Hold your hockey stick with hands apart 20-30 cm.
- Imagine a straight line drawn between the toes of your two feet. This line should point at the goal.
- Reach for the ball with your hockey stick. Your arms should be comfortably extended.
- Lift the blade of your stick straight back until it reaches your shoulder height, then swing to hit the ball.
- Practice shooting without a goalie.
- Celebrate goals!
- Practice some wrist shots – simply hold the blade against the ball, then quickly twist or “snap” your wrists to propel the ball at goal
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
- 15 minutes
- Suggested age 4-12 years