Inuit Owl Hop


Physical: upper and lower limb coordination, gross motor skill, balance

Cognitive: sustained attention, selective attention, visual processing, working memory

Social: awareness of personal space

Number of participants:

1 or more




  1. children adopt the following starting position: balance on one foot with the other foot behind the knee of the standing leg
  2. bend the knee of the standing leg to approximately a 45 degree angle
  3. put arms out to the sides with hands clenched into fists and thumbs pointing upward
  4. children can hold the balance position for as long as they can or they can hop in this position across the room

Modifications to make the activity easier:

Change the environment: have the child hold onto a parent or adult during the activity to decrease physical demand

Change the task: allow the child to put their hand or foot down to help them get into the starting position to decrease physical demand

Modifications to make the activity harder:

Change the environment: have the child complete the activity on soft ground (i.e., grass field) to increase physical demand

Change the task: have the child balance for a few seconds, then hop twice, then balance for a few seconds to increase physical demand 

Goal examples:

  • child is able to balance for 10 seconds independently or 20 seconds with support by holding a friend’s hand
  • I can balance all by myself

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