Wicked Witch (catch)

Wicked Witch (catch)

3-5 years, 5-8 years
10 minutes
School, ECEC
Basketballs (enough for 1 per child), Cones (or hurdles), Witches Hats (x1), Poles (x1)
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Set Up:

  • Mark out a 10m x 10m square with cones
  • Set up cones or hurdles in castle formation (a circle shape works well) 15 metres away from the marked square
  • Children all start in the square with a ball
  • Coach has a pole and a witches hat on their head (you are the Wicked Witch)

Note: Wicked Witch can be used for any skill focus by adjusting the activities you do. See Wicked Witch (Dribbling - soccer) and Wicked Witch (Hop, Skip, Run, Jump) activity plans for more ideas.


All players have a ball and the witch (coach) holds a stick as a wand. The witch holds wand up in the air and calls commands:

  • Bounce ball and catch
  • Throw in air and catch
  • Roll it and collect it
  • Throw to a partner
  • Move ball around waist
  • Move ball around head
  • Move around bouncing the ball

After calling out a number of commands the witch drops the wand and children race to the castle (marked by cones) asthe witch chases after them. Players carry their ball with them. Children then return to the square and the witch continues with commands


  • Change shapes and sizes of ball – use beanbags
  • Add more difficult challenges – throw in air, turn around and then catch
  • If caught by the witch children can do 3 frog jumps
  • A child can have a turn being the witch and calling commands
  • Some younger children find the idea of a Wicked Witch scary, change it to Friendly Pixie

Teaching Points:


  • Watch the ball
  • Soft fingers, big hands
  • Thumbs together and up (butterfly hands) for balls above waist and fingers pointing down (wriggly worms) for balls below waist
  • Reach out for the ball and catch with two hands


  • Push the ball down when dribbling
  • Keep the ball in front and to the side
Wicked Witch (catch)