Puck Shot

Skills:

Physical: gross motor skill, upper limb coordination, accuracy, hand-eye coordination

Cognitive: visual processing, sustained attention, selective attention

Social: working with others, taking turns

Number of participants:

1 or more

Equipment:

  • hockey stick
  • floor hockey puck
  • hockey net (or 2 cones)

Description:

  1. child tries to shoot the puck into the net (or between the cones)

Adaptations for Wheelchair Users:

Children who are using wheelchairs can also participate in this activity by practicing hitting the ball with their stick over the side of their chair and passing it to another child.

Safety tip: ensure children in wheelchairs have their seatbelts on so that they will not fall out of the chair

Modifications to make the activity easier:

Change the task: have the child focus on hitting the ball/puck without passing it to a partner to decrease cognitive and social demand

Change the environment: have the child start closer to the net to decrease physical demand

Change the equipment: use a bean bag or tennis ball instead of a puck to decrease physical demand

Modifications to make the activity harder:

Change the task: have the child strike a moving puck/ball to increase physical and cognitive demand

Change the environment: increase the distance to the net to increase physical and cognitive demand

Goal examples:

  • The child is able to hit the ball into the net 7 out of 10 times from 3m away
  • I can use a hockey stick to strike a puck into a net