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Penalty Kick


Physical: kicking a ball, lower limb coordination, balance

Cognitive: visual processing, selective attention

Social: taking turns

Number of participants:

1 or more


  • soccer ball
  • 2+ cones


  1. child kicks a stationary ball between two cones to score a goal

Modifications to make the activity easier:

Change the equipment: use a larger ball to decrease physical and cognitive demand

Change the task: shorten the distance the child needs to kick to decrease physical demand

Modifications to make the activity harder:

Change the task: 

  • have the child run and kick the ball to increase physical and cognitive demand
  • decrease the distance between the cones to increase physical and cognitive demand

Goal examples:

  • in two weeks, the child will be able to kick a ball between the cones from 3m away with either foot (4 out of 5 times for each foot), when playing with friends
  • I can kick the ball between two cones