Moose Skin Ball (Slavey Handball/Yukon Dodgeball)


Physical: overhand throw, upper limb coordination, hand-eye coordination

Cognitive: selective attention, visual processing

Social: turn taking

Number of participants:

groups of 4


  • 1 foam ball
  • 4 buckets/baskets


  1. four members of the group form a square
  2. each group member has one chance to overhand throw the ball into another group members’ bucket/basket
  3. the throwing group member follows their pass (running towards it) or retrieves the missed pass
  4. the child in the corner who receives the ball in their bucket/basket overhand throws to another group member and follows their pass (or retrieves the missed pass), and so on

Moose skin ball links closely to volleyball, handball and ruby and is played during the summer. In some communities, players of this game try to send a ball into a basket or hole in the ground. In other variations, players may be eliminated when hit by the ball once or several times. This game typically involves all community members and is still played today.

Modifications to make the activity easier:

Change the environment: have the child complete the activity with fewer kids to decrease cognitive and social demand

Modifications to make the activity harder:

Change the task: have the child standing by the target basket/bucket move it to increase physical and cognitive demand

Goal examples:

  • I will be able to overhand throw the ball into another child’s bucket/basket, 8 out of 10 times
  • I can overhand throw a ball into my friend’s bucket

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