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From: Aussie Childcare Network

Knock'ems Jeramey Jannene

Stack cans in a pyramid to encourage child to knock em down. 


Materials Needed:

  • 6 tins with lids or plastic bottles (same size) filled with water.
  • Sand / dirt / rice
  • Balls / beanbags
  • Tape

What to do:

  • Add sand/dirt/rice in the tins/bottles so they don’t topple over too easily and replace the lids and tape closed.
  • Add a number on the tin/bottle.
  • Arrange these into a pyramid.
  • Encourage the child to knock them down by throwing bean bags/balls at the tins or bottles.
  • Child scores points for the ones they knock down. The number of points they score is based upon the number written on the tin/bottle.

Hints and Tips:

  • If playing with a large group of children, gather more tins/bottles, split the teams in two.
  • Instead of writing numbers on the tins/bottles, you could paint them a specific colour or draw a shape on each tin. The children have to try and be the first to knock down a colour or a shape that you say.
  • For older child, say a sum and they have to knock down the correct answer. For example 2 x 3 = “6”. Child has to knock down 6. Great way to introduce math skills. Same can be applied for learning new words. Write words on the tin/bottles that the child needs to knock down.

Additional Info

  • Appropriate Age: 4 year+
  • Number of Children: Individual (1), Couple (2), Few (3), Small Group (4), Large Group (5 or more)
  • Developmental Milestones:

    - Throwing a ball with control.
    - Hand/eye co-ordination.
    - Identify and recognize numbers.
    - Counting practice.
    - Sharing and taking turns.
    - Playing co-operatively with others.
    - Listens to and understands instructions.
    - Counts to at least 10.

  • Play Based Learning: Exploratory Play
  • Interest Areas: Outdoor Area
  • Games Categories: Gross Motor Skills, Outdoor Games, Party Games, Social and Emotional
  • EYLF Outcomes: Learning Outcome 3, Learning Outcome 4
  • Sub Outcomes:

    LO3 - Children Have A Strong Sense Of Well Being

    3.2 Children take increasing responsibility for their own health and physical wellbeing

    LO4 - Children Are Confident And Involved Learners

    4.4 Children resource their own learning through connecting with people place technologies and natural and processed materials

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