Babies Walkers to 2 2s to 3s 3s to 4s

Overview and benefit

Learning to kick a ball requires many skills coming together at once. They have to understand that they are capable of propelling the ballby connecting with it with their body. Once they have the balance to stand and walk (usually around the age of 2) they will be able to push the ball forward using a foot. Gradually they learn to adjust the pressure of their push to control the speed of the ball. As they grow older and develop they can learn to swing their foot back behind them prior to kicking to give more force. They will also be able to learn to control the direction of the ball.

Equipment required

  • A variety of different sized balls
  • Goals – these could be cones, hoops, bean bags etc

Duration

One to two weeks

How it works

Children will be using their feet to practice kicking in a specified direction.

What to do in the class

Give out a variety of different sized balls. If you have younger children in your class or less experienced ones, use large beach balls or big sponge balls to make it easier for them to make contact with the ball. Explain that the children need to try to kick the balls to their parents. Ask parents to stand quite near to begin with to make it easier for the children to get the ball to them. As they get better at the skill, parents can move further away.

Once children grasp the concept of directional kicking, provide some ‘goals’. If your hall is large enough, give a goal out to each child, or one between two. If space is tighter, set up four ‘goals’ in each corner of your room and have the children and parents start in the middle and kick their balls to a designated corner.

Tips

With older children, encourage them to try to keep the balls moving by chasing after the ball and kicking it again before it stops completely. Use smaller balls for children who are finding it too easy.