Rob the Nest (balance)

Rob the Nest (balance)

3-5 years, 5-8 years, 8+ years
4 - 30
10 Minutes
Cones , Beanbags , Hoops , Feet markers , Hurdles (small), Balance pods , Balls (small; tennis balls or similar)
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Set Up:

  • Set up four hoops around a large circle
  • Place a hoop filled with small balls or beanbags in the centre
  • Set-up obstacles from each of the outer hoops to the central hoop
    • Two balance beams in zig zag formation
    • Feet markers in a pattern (2, 2, 1, 1, 2, 1, 2)
    • 8 balance pods spread out
    • Hoop standing up in a cone, hurdle, hoop standing up in a cone, hurdle
  • Divide children into four groups and each group lines up behind one of the four outer hoops.

Note: Rob the Nest can be used as an activity for a number of different skills depending on the obstacles you use on the way to the nest. See the activity plans for Rob the Nest (Run, Jump, Hop, Dodge), Rob the Nest (Catch) and Rob the Nest (Kick and Dribble).


One child at a time from each group goes through their obstacle course and collects an egg (ball) from the central hoop (the nest) and bring it back to their group’s nest (hoop). They then tag the next person in their group and they go and collect a ball. Demonstrate to children what to do at each of the obstacle courses:

  1. Balance along balance beams
  2. Follow the feet markers to jump and hop to the middle
  3. Balance along the pods to the middle
  4. Climb through hoop and then jump over hurdle and repeat for next hoop and hurdle

When all eggs are collected allow children 30 seconds of stealing from other teams nests – one ball at a time!

Rotate groups around hoops to try different obstacles and repeat.


  • For younger children you may not want to include the stealing part of the game
  • Stealing can be one child at a time from each group or everyone running around stealing at a time. Start with one at a time and then finish with 20 seconds of everyone stealing
  • When you steal you can only hop
  • Older children can throw ball back to partner in hoop when collected from central nest

Teaching Points:


  • Head up
  • Aeroplane arms
  • Eyes forward looking at something ahead of them e.g. tree
Rob the Nest (balance)