One Foot High Kick


Physical: flexibility, balance, gross motor skill

Cognitive: visual processing, selective attention

Social: taking turns

Number of participants:

one or more


a target (traditionally a bone or piece of fur) hung at a fixed height


  1. child jumps to kick the target with one foot and lands on the same foot (and can hop 3 times to maintain balance)
  2. gradually increase the height of the target


One Foot High Kick is a traditional Inuit competition. It tested the strength and agility of the hunters and the game was played after a successful hunt.


Modifications to make the activity easier:

Change the environment: hold the target lower to decrease physical demand

Change the task: allow the child to sit on the floor and kick to decrease physical demand

Modifications to make the activity harder:

Change the environment: hold the target higher to increase physical demand

Change the task: allow child to have a running start to increase physical demand

Goal examples:

  • I will be able to kick a target at chest level, 3 out of 5 times
  • I can kick a target