Kicking is a very common skill used in many different sports and on the playground. It is important that all children are given the oppurtunity to practice their kicking skills.


Steps to Kicking

  • Eyes are focused on the ball/object throughout the kick
  • Place non kicking foot near ball
  • For the forward motion, the kicking leg comes forward, with the hip and knee slightly bent
  • Ball is contacted with the laces (top of foot), not toes
  • Kicking foot follows through to target


What to Watch For

  • Eyes should be on the ball
  • Watch if child is unable to balance during the kick — can use the wall to help with balance



  • Use the inside of your foot to kick the ball
  • Try to avoid giving too much instruction to younger children — let them practice one movement at a time