Rob the Nest (run, jump, dodge, hop)

Rob the Nest (run, jump, dodge, hop)

3-5 years, 5-8 years, 8+ years
4 - 30
10 minutes
Cones , Beanbags , Agility ladders , Flat markers , Hurdles (small), Witches Hats , Hoops , 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
    1. Agility ladder
    2. 6 small hurdles spread out
    3. Witches hats set up in zig-zag formation
    4. Hopscotch grid marked by flat markers
  • 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 (Kick & 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. Fast, small steps through agility ladder
  2. Jump over hurdles
  3. Dodge from one witches hat to the next
  4. Hop through the hopscotch grid

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:


  • Land like you are riding a motorbike – arms forward, ankles, knees and hips bent, feet apart
  • Land as quiet as a mouse
  • Swing & Spring
  • Reach for a star and bring it down again


  • Hip to lip – arms are bent and travel from a child’s hip to their lip
  • Hands closed lightly – like holding a small bird
  • Eyes up
  • High knees
  • Land on the ball of the foot


  • Quiet landings (bend ankles, knees and hips)
  • Bend your leg to push off
  • Head up and eyes forward (look towards where you are hopping)
  • Swing & spring


  • Bend, push & turn
  • Look straight ahead
  • Use only one step to change direction
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