Make the Stick Jump


Physical: accuracy, hand-eye coordination, upper limb coordination

Cognitive: selective attention, visual processing

Social: turn taking

Number of participants:

2 or more


  • 15-20cm stick, rocks or balls
  • optional: feathers, paint


  1. children are given sticks, which they can decorate (optional)
  2. sticks are placed upright in the ground at varying distances
  3. children throw rocks/ball at the sticks to make them “jump”
  4. sticks that are further away earn more points
Make the Stick Jump is a game played by Blackfoot boys to improve their accuracy in throwing to prepare for hunting small game.

Modifications to make the activity easier:

Change the environment: place the sticks closer to the child to decrease physical demand

Change the equipment: use a bigger ball to decrease physical demand


Modifications to make the activity harder:

Change the task: challenge the child to try and hit each stick (so they have to adjust the force with which they throw the ball/rock) to increase physical demand

Goal examples:

  • the child will be able to accurately throw the rock/ball to make the stick “jump” for 3 out of 5 throws
  • I can throw the rock/ball to make the stick “jump”