Kickball Keep-Away

This Summer Fun kickball game is provided by guest blogger Joyce from Childhood Beckons.

Summertime often means more time spent outdoors! With so much extra time to spend outside, it’s great to have an array of games to choose from. One of my family’s favorites combines soccer with a game of keep-away and a whole lot of silliness.

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Kickball Keep-Away is a great way to practice the skills needed for soccer. This game focuses on keeping the ball away from your opponent while dribbling across the field. In soccer, dribbling is typically done with the inside of your foot, and the goal is to keep the ball moving, in control, and close. This takes practice for young kids and players just starting out, whose tendency is to kick the ball hard with their toes.

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But you don’t have to like soccer to enjoy this game! Kickball Keep-Away is great for family fun time and it’s sure to incite plenty of giggles.

What You Need:

Setup: Create a “goal” by placing two activity cones about five feet apart. Do the same thing a good distance away on the other side of a yard or field.

Objective: Get your ball from one set of cones to the other without letting another player take control of the ball.

Rules: No hands! Play fair. Have fun!

The Best Part: Create a back story and make the game extra exciting. The ball is really a pet that you have to get home before the tickle monster gets it first! The monster can make all kinds of noises and silly movements as they chase after the pet. This is where the giggles and squeals come in!

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We typically take turns and play one-on-one, but we’ve also played with two balls and two groups of two. Demonstrate how to dribble with the inside of your foot and then let your kids practice. They’ll learn soon enough that kicking the ball far away gives other players a chance to steal the ball. And that’s part of the fun!

This game is a family favorite because of the silly antics, and I hope your family enjoys it just as much!

What’s your family’s favorite outdoor game? Share with us in the comments below, or join the conversation with Melissa & Doug on Facebook.

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joycebiopic2.jpgJoyce is the mom behind Childhood Beckons, where she encourages parents to focus on their families and the childhood that beckons them. Her motto is “Childhood is calling my son to play and explore. And childhood is calling me to help him on his journey.” She enjoys discovering creative ways to play and learn and passing along her family’s favorites. You can find Joyce on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.


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  1. i love this idea and so will my two young boys