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Cone Knockout


Physical: under-hand tossing technique, upper limb coordination, hand-eye coordination

Cognitive: selective attention, visual processing

Social: turn taking

Number of participants:



  • 6 large cones
  • 6 balls of one colour
  • several other balls


  1. divide the field of play in half with a rope or chalk
  2. set up 3 cones with a ball on top on each side of the field of play
  3. children attempt to throw balls to knock off the ball on the cone

Modifications to make the activity easier:

Change the environment: have the child aim at a specific cone/ball to decrease cognitive demand

Change the equipment: use a bigger lighter ball on top of the cone to decrease physical and cognitive demand

Modifications to make the activity harder:

Change the environment: increase the distance between child who is throwing at the ball and cone to increase physical demand

Change the equipment: decrease the number of balls a child can throw at a cone to increase physical demand

Goal examples:

  • the child can accurately under-hand throw the ball to knock down a ball off a cone placed 2m away, 2 out of 3 times
  • I can underhand throw the ball

Activity adapted from video above.