Physical Literacy | Ball Hockey (Toddler)

TIME: 20 Minutes

AGES: 2 – 4

SKILL: Strike


  • Small hockey sticks (wooden or plastic)
  • Plastic ball 8-10 cm diameter (e.g. street hockey ball)


  1. Create two small goals in your driveway, patio, or hard surface at a local park
  2. Play a simple game of one-against-one hockey with your toddler
  3. Allow your child to score goals for encouragement


Show your child how to “stickhandle” the ball with small touches that change the ball direction
Create a big goal and act as goalkeeper so your child can attempt to score on you


This activity develops hand-eye coordination and timing while using a hockey stick (i.e., striking tool). These skills also transfer to striking with a bat or racquet