Build and Destroy

children throwing balls

A creative game that develops the skill of throwing. Children set up and design their own targets, ready to destroy them!

Note: You can swap throwing for any other skill that might be relevant to you, e.g AFL punting, soccer kicking, cricket striking etc.

Set up

Set out a variety of interesting objects, such as buckets, chalk, posters, cricket wickets, soft toys, pillows, boxes etc. The more variety the better! Designate a line that children must stand on. Allocate an area ~5-10 metres away that they should build their targets in. Once children have built their targets (this can be individualised or everyone together), they must stand on the line with a ball or beanbag.

How to play
Step 1:
  • Explain to the children that they will be setting their own targets up
    • You can have a few examples set up, but encourage them to use equipment creatively
  • Once targets are set up, children stand on the line with their ball, facing the targets
Step 2:
  • When you say "Ready, Aim, Fire", the children throw their ball at the targets
  • See how many throws you need to destroy your target
Step 3:
  • Rebuild the targets, trying new equipment or ideas
  • When the group is ready, throw again!
Make it easier
  • Start the children closer
  • Try rolling the ball at the targets
Make it harder
  • Start the children further away
  • Use your non-dominant hand to throw
  • Children close their eyes, spin in a circle and try to hit the target
Activity information
Age: 2-3 years, 3-5 years, Kindergarten / Pre-school, Foundation, Year 1, Year 2, Year 3, Year 4, Year 5, Year 6
Participants: 1 +
Equipment: Targets, Balls
Duration: 10 minutes
Skill focus
Explore these skills for teaching tips
Skill teaching

Once the targets have been set up, demonstrate the following teaching cues. Practice these first without a beanbag;

  1. Ready: Stand like a surfer (side-on)
  2. Aim: Make a muscle man (throwing arm bent up above shoulder), point non-throwing arm at target
  3. Fire: Step on the star (step with opposite foot onto star marker) and throw
Physical literacy tips
  • Have a large variety of objects to use - try chalk or posters, or sporting equipment, such as a swimming kickboard or cricket stumps
  • Give children a time limit on how long they have to build