Striking practice! A great lead up game to baseball or racket sports!
Use the rubber chicken to strike foam/sponge balls and help "Chuck" hit home runs!
Place a hoop on the ground and tell one child to stand inside the hoop. Give the child a rubber chicken, instructing them to hold it by the top of the head. It also helps to tell the children that "Chuck" (the chicken) LOVES hitting home runs, but he needs help from you! The leader stands a few steps away and will lightly toss a foam or sponge ball towards the child's "striking" side of choice. Toss 4 or more foam/sponge balls, one after another. You can instruct the children to hold the chicken with one hand, both hands, or switch hands.
If you would like to practice in preparation for racket sports you can tell the child that you will be tossing the sponge balls to different spots and they will have to use the appropriate strike (forehand, backhand, overhand, underhand)
If you would like to practice in preparation for baseball instruct the child to stand to the side of the hoop rather than inside the hoop, just like home plate!