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Physical: under-hand tossing technique, upper limb coordination, hand-eye coordination

Cognitive: selective attention, visual processing

Social: turn taking

Number of participants:

1 or more


  • several medium-sized dodgeballs
  • 8 hula hoops


  • four children from each team stand outside of a hula hoop with a bowling pin in it
  • each team tries to under-hand throw or roll dodgeballs at the other team’s pin
  • if the other team’s pin gets knocked down, the person guarding that pin hands the pin and hoop to the first person on her team waiting in line
  • the child who was protecting the pin then goes to wait for her turn

Modifications to make the activity easier:

Change the environment: have the child aim at a specific cone/hoop to decrease cognitive demand

Change the equipment: use a bigger lighter cone to decrease physical demand

Modifications to make the activity harder:

Change the environment: increase the distance between child who is throwing at the pin and hula hoop to increase physical and cognitive demand

Change the equipment: decrease the number of balls a child can throw at a pin to increase physical demand

Goal examples:

  • the child will be able to accurately underhand throw the ball to knock down a pin placed 2m away, 2 out of 3 times
  • I can underhand throw the ball towards the pins.

Activity adapted from video above.