Round, Round, Round, Round...I Run Around

A ball is round and invites play with a partner or a group of friends. Let’s go outside, and play an active game that combines kicking a ball, as in soccer, and running around bases, as in baseball. No wonder kickball is sometimes called soccer-baseball.

Kickball for Little Kids

There are no outs or fouls in this preschool friendly game, just a lot of kicking and running.

Materials Needed:

Rubber playground ball

3 Bases and 1 Home Plate

10 Colored Cones

Set Up:

• Playing field - grass, dirt, asphalt or cement

• Place bases and home plate in the same general arrangement as you would a baseball diamond but make the base paths much closer to each other (i.e., 20 feet apart)

• 2 or more adults/play leaders

Let’s Get Started:

1. Gather children and have them watch and listen as directions of how to play are demonstrated.

2. An adult/play leader places the ball on home plate.

3. One child stands or approaches and kicks the ball as hard as he/she can.

4. Children who are not “kickers” can position themselves near the basesto catch the ball that is kicked into the playing field,

5. The “kicker” runs around the bases and returns to home plate.

6. The game continues until every child has had a turn or “runs out of breath.”

7. Every child is a winner when they cross home plate! Be assured that they will want to kick the ball and run the bases again and again. This is play with a purpose and promotes coordination and lots of vigorous physical activity!

Furthermore:

• As children become more skillful, the adult/play leader can roll the ball to the child at home plate and the child stands and kicks the ball that is rolled at them.

Recommended Products:

SETC - Colored Cones

BASES - Indoor/Outdoor Bases

PGSET - Playground Balls

KICKBALL - Kickball for all Ages

BALLKIT - Ultimate Ball Kit