Ring the Stick


Physical: fine motor skill, reaction time, hand-eye coordination

Cognitive: selective attention, visual processing

Number of participants:

1 or more


  • Stick
  • rubber or metal ring
  • string (connect the rubber ring with the stick with the string; string length is as long as the stick)


  1. child is given a stick or bone tied to a rubber ring
  2. with the stick in their hand and the ring on the floor, the child flicks up the ring and tries to catch it with the stick


This Indigenous game was played by many different Indigenous groups. It is a game that was used to resolve conflicts in a tie.

Adaptations for wheelchair users:

Children who are using wheelchairs can also play this game. They can try to “ring the stick” and develop their hand-eye coordination while sitting in their wheelchair.

Modifications to make the activity easier:

Change the environment: play the activity in quiet room with less people to decrease cognitive demand

Change the equipment:

  • use a larger (diameter) ring to decrease physical and cognitive demand 
  • use a shorter string to decrease physical and cognitive demand
  • use a shorter stick to decrease physical and cognitive demand

Modifications to make the activity harder:

Change the environment: use the activity as part of a relay or tag game to increase cognitive demand

Change the equipment:

  • use a smaller (diameter) ring to increase physical and cognitive demand
  • use a longer stick to increase physical and cognitive demand 
  • use a longer string to increase physical and cognitive demand

Goal examples:

  • the child will be able to demonstrate readiness to catch the ring (e.g., moving body and/or stick toward the ring, following ring with eyes), 4 out of 5 times, in two-weeks’ time
  • I can catch the ring on my stick when it is thrown up in the air for me

Ideas for variations: