Rob the Nest (kick and dribble)

Rob the Nest (kick and dribble)

Age: 
5-8 years, 8+ years
Participants: 
4 - 30
Time: 
10 minutes
Setting: 
School
Hoops , Agility poles , Hurdles (large), Witches Hats , Soccer balls
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Skills

Set Up:

  • Set up four hoops around a large circle
  • Place a hoop filled with soccer balls in the centre
  • Set-up obstacles from each of the outer hoops to the central hoop
    1. 6 agility poles
    2. 5 witches hats set up in zig-zag formation
    3. 4 large hurdles
    4. No equipment needed
  • Divide children into 4 groups and each group lines up behind one of the 4 outer hoops.

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

Description:

One child at a time from each group runs to the central hoop (nest) and collects a soccer ball (egg). They then have to dribble the ball through their obstacle course and return ball to their group’s 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. Dribble around agility poles
  2. Dribble to each witches hat
  3. Dribble ball under each hurdle
  4. Kick ball from central hoop back to next person in line in your group

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

Rotate groups around hoops to try different obstacles and repeat.

Variations:

  • 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 the same time. Start with one at a time and then finish with 20 seconds of everyone stealing

Teaching Points:

Kicking

  • Eyes on the ball
  • Kicking foot like a penguin (turn it outwards)
  • Step, swing and kick

Dribbling (soccer)

  • Keep the ball close to the body
  • Small, soft taps of the ball
  • Use both feet
Rob the Nest (kick and dribble)