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Kick Away


Physical: kicking a ball, lower limb coordination, balance, reaction time

Cognitive: visual processing, selective attention

Social: taking turns

Number of participants:

5 or more


  • soccer ball
  • pieces of paper with numbers as targets to stick to the wall/put in the net


  1. children form a circle
  2. one child kicks the ball across the circle, keeping the ball low
  3. the receiving child traps the ball and kicks it quickly to another and so on
  4. add a second ball, then a third
  5. try to keep all the balls in the circle for as long as possible

Adaptations for Wheelchair Users:

Allow children who use wheelchairs to throw the ball or use a racquet or floor hockey stick to strike the ball during this activity.

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 environment:

  • call the child’s name before kicking the ball to them to decrease cognitive demand
  • have the children sit in chairs or wheelchairs in a circle about 1m away to decrease physical demand

Modifications to make the activity harder:

Change the environment: have the children stand in a larger circle to increase physical and cognitive demand

Goal examples:

  • the child is able to accurately kick a ball 3 out of 5 times to another person in the circle
  • I can kick a ball to my friend in the circle.

Activity adapted from video above.