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Green monster scoring a goal


Practice kicking and hitting a target in this fun spelling game.

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Practice kicking and hitting a target in this fun spelling game. 

What you’ll need:

What to do:

Write a letter of the alphabet on each paper cup. You can spell out specific words, like your child’s name or spell out the word ‘goal’. Try to have at least four cups, and no more than six. Line up the cups with about 30cm between them, with the letters facing forward. Bring your child to stand a couple of metres from the cups. You might need to adjust how far away they are depending on the strength of their kick and their aim. Ask your child to kick the ball toward the cups and aim for a specific cup. They can take several kicks to try and ‘spell’ out the word in the correct order.

Alternative Materials:

Change it up:

Make it easy: 

Leave out the spelling challenge and encourage your child to just hit the target cups as often as possible.

Make it a challenge: 

Give your child a score and a prize for spelling out words correctly in order. Change to cups with numbers on them and ask your child to add up the numbers as they score.

Play with friends: 

Children can play in teams or a small group can compete against one another to spell the word/s correctly with the least number of kicks.

Indoor play: 

If you are playing indoors, use a pair of balled-up socks or some crumpled newspaper to make a soft ball

Developmental areas:

  • Gross motor skills

  • Pre-writing – recognising letter shapes

  • Reading

  • Concepts - addition


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