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Kick the Cup! Soccer Activity for Kids

This activity is a great way to have your child learning more letters while working on their gross motor skills during a game of soccer with a twist. For children who love to move around, this is an easy way to teach them letters while letting out their endless energy!

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Soccer with a twist!

This is a very easy activity and one that goes well with children who have lots of energy. Children who are very active tend to learn more when they are moving around, so why not bring the learning to them. Simply write some letters on the side of plastic cups and have your child kick a soccer ball into the cups. The challenge? They have to tell you the letter after! 

📚 Books to explore: Froggy Plays Soccer by Jonathan London; Little Soccer by Brad Herzog; and Winners Never Quit! By Mia Hamm. 

🌳 Take it outside! You can take this activity outside if the weather is nice.

🏆 Get competitive: If you have siblings or classmates around then encourage them to play together and make it a race!


For this activity you will need:

Soccer ball or a small ball

Black marker 

Plastic cups

Learning Outcomes




Gross Motor


Increasing control over own movements skills


Step 1:

Write letters on the side of the plastic cups. These can be letters of your child’s name or letters they are struggling to learn.

Step 2:

Line the cups up on the floor, giving a little space between each one.

Step 3:

Explain the rules: your child kicks the ball and knocks over the cups. For each of the cups that are knocked over, your child needs to tell you what letter is written on it and what sound it makes.

⬆️ For older preschoolers: Instead of letters, write words on the cups for them to sound out and say. You can even choose words that all rhyme.

⬇️ For younger toddlers:  Start simple by using just the letters in their name.

Playful Questions

What letters do you know? 

What do they sound like? 

What kind of ball is this? 

What shape is this ball? 

What colors are on the ball?

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