I can day: kick the can game

As part of our “I Can Day” the children went outside to play a very simple version of “Kick the Can” game…

We started the game by having all the children take a can from our circletime bag full of cans then go outside and stand on the line. Then we had each child take a turn kicking his or can. The cans often rolled a bit after they were kicked and the children liked to see how far the cans would roll…

Every child took a turn to kick his or her own can. We discovered that the smaller the can, the harder it was to aim that foot just right to give it a good kick…

But all the children were able to give their cans a good kick and watch them roll away. After every child had a turn, we invited all the children to line up once more and then they all gave their cans one more big kick all at the same time…

Stay tuned for the creative side of “I Can Day” in my next post…

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By |2012-09-04T09:00:28+00:00September 4th, 2012|

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Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. Alison Russell September 4, 2012 at 5:02 pm - Reply

    I think this is such a cool idea for a game for the children to play. It shows a lot of hand-eye coordination and what child might have really good skills, and what child may need more practice at it. I will have to remember this game to play with mine! 🙂

  2. Amy Schleitweiler September 4, 2012 at 5:04 pm - Reply

    This is a creative and fun way to get children active. A child’s wellness is important in their learning. Being active can help them stay focused on tasks in the classroom and outside of the classroom. Fun exercise is a huge plus in younger students.

  3. Phoenix preschool September 4, 2012 at 5:45 pm - Reply

    This looks fun and creative to get kids active. I’ll have to try this with my students. Thanks for the inspiration! 😀

  4. Eva September 5, 2012 at 9:40 am - Reply

    I homeschool 3 kids, so I am always looking for creative ways for them to do things together. I am going to keep checking your site for more ideas on what I can do with cans. Kicking myself for not saving last night’s cans. Wait… I think I made a funny.

  5. Kimberly Thornton September 9, 2012 at 1:29 am - Reply

    More ideas on tin cans that can be used in our outdoor classroom. We are pumped!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. September 9, 2012 at 8:23 am - Reply

      Haha – I love it Kimberly!

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