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Cone Flip


Physical: Coordinated running, balance, gross motor skill, lower limb coordination, agility

Cognitive: Visual processing, sustained attention, divided attention

Social: Understanding of personal space

Number of participants:

1 or more


small cones


  1. child runs to cones that are randomly placed in the area
  2. child flips the cones in a limited amount of time

Adaptations for Wheelchair Users:

Place cones on a higher surface (eg. on a chair) for children who are using wheelchairs to participate.

Safety tip: Participants should pay attention when playing with a child in a wheelchair; child in wheelchair should also have sufficient wheelchair skill to be able to manouever the chair around other children

Modifications to make the activity easier:

Change the equipment: use fewer cones to decrease physical and cognitive demand

Change the environment: place cones closer together to decrease physical demand

Change the task: increase time child is given to flip cones to decrease physical demand

Modifications to make the activity harder:

Change the equipment: increase number of cones to increase physical and cognitive demand

Change the environment: increase perimeter of activity area to increase physical demand

Change the task:

  • set a time limit to flip a certain number of cones to increase physical demand
  • make it a team activity, with one group flipping the cones right side up and the other group flipping the cones upside down to increase social demand

Goal examples:

  • the child will be able to flip 5 cones in 20 seconds, while racing their friend
  • I can work together with my friend to flip all of the cones over