Physical Literacy | Basic Striking

TIME: 15 Minutes

AGES: 1 – 3

SKILL: Strike


  • 60-80 cm smooth stick or narrow piece of lumber that fits in child’s hands
  • Hockey tape
  • Ball(s) 10-25 cm in diameter or empty tin can


  1. Wrap one end of the stick with hockey tape to form a handgrip
  2. In an outdoor place (yard or park), hit the ball or tin can around on the ground
  3. Make sure your child does not hit animals or other children


  • As your child develops better control of the stick, try rolling a ball for them to hit


This activity develops hand-eye coordination and timing while using a striking tool (such as a bat, a racquet, or a hockey stick)