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Ball Race


Physical: kicking a ball, lower limb coordination, balance

Cognitive: visual processing, selective attention, auditory processing

Social: taking turns

Number of participants:

groups of 8-12


6+ medium-sized balls


  1. two teams are divided by a line in the middle, all balls start on one team’s side of the field
  2. when the instructor gives a signal, that team starts kicking the balls to the other side as quickly as possible over the line
  3. the receiving team tries to retrieve and kick to return the balls as quickly as possible

Modifications to make the activity easier:

Change the equipment: use a larger, lighter ball (i.e., beach ball) to decrease physical and cognitive demand

Change the task: have the child stop the ball with their foot before kicking it to decrease physical and cognitive demand

Modifications to make the activity harder:

Change the task: have the child run and kick the ball to increase physical demand

Goal examples:

  • the child is able to kick 10 balls over the center line in one minute
  • I can kick the balls with my right foot

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