"Look! I caught it!"
Whether they're kids are going left or right - they're keeping their eye on the ball.
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For children aged 5 & 6
What children can do

By now children start to develop a preference for the left or right hand and foot. They should be able to move with better balance and control, have basic eye-foot coordination and be able to play with partners. They’ll also be quite aware of success and failure – so keep encouraging them.

Over to you
Boost their confidence.
Start teaching the basic rules of certain sports and use the correct terminology.

Here's how
  • Play ball games – practise catching, throwing, batting, bouncing and kicking.
  • Let your children play with a variety of sporting equipment such as tennis rackets and cricket bats.
  • Put a basketball hoop up against an outside wall and challenge children to bounce from 6m away and shoot hoops from 2m and 3m away – more points are scored the further the distance.
  • Paint a target against the garage door – more points are scored the closer they get to the bull’s-eye. Vary the distance from the target. Fun tip: wet a tennis ball so you can see exactly where it lands.
  • Let your children play swingball, ring toss, croquet, mini-cricket and mini-tennis and start riding a bike.
Read more in this series:
"Play with me!" for two year olds
"I can do this ball thing" for 3 and 4 year olds
"Watch me go!" for 7 and 8 year olds
"Look what I can do now!" for 9 and 10 year olds
"Sign me up!" for 11 and 12 year olds

What do you think is a good age at which children should engage in organised sports?

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