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Exploring the Dodge


Physical: dodging, reaction time, upper and lower limb coordination, agility

Cognitive: selective attention, visual processing

Social: awareness of personal space

Number of participants:

1 or more


4-6 cones (optional)


Children practice dodging in different patterns. For example:

  • children run to a line and back, dodging as they reach the line
  • place cones in a zigzag pattern; children dodge at each cone
  • place two cones 5m apart; children side-step between them and dodge sideways back
  • place 4 cones in a square; children dodge in an X’s and O’s pattern of their choice, changing directions at each cone (suitable for children with higher skill level)

Modifications to make the activity easier:

Change the environment: have fewer obstacles for the child to dodge to decrease physical demand

Modifications to make the activity harder:

Change the environment: increase the number of children completing the activity so the child has to dodge more obstacles and children to increase physical and social demand 

Goal examples:

  • child is able to accurately dodge 6 cones in a zigzag pattern 3 times in a row with support from the coach’s direction
  • I can run from one side of the gym to the other

Video/image coming soon.