You will need:
Balloons, Paper plates, Popsicle sticks, Streamer or string
Balloon Pong: Tape a Popsicle stick to the back of a paper plate (this becomes your racket). Hit the balloon back and forth with the rackets. Tip: You can encourage creativity by coloring and personalizing your rackets.
Balloon Volleyball: Hang a length of streamer or string about 3 feet above the ground across a room or between two objects (this becomes your net). Take turns hitting the balloon across the net. Tip: Compliment the child on his/her wonderful turn taking abilities.
Keep It Up: See how long you and your youngster can keep it off the ground. Tip: Make up creative rules, like jump up or clap three times before you hit the balloon in the air.
School Readiness Tips:
- Label body parts. Can you hit the balloon with your shoulder? How about your elbow? Which hand is your right hand?
- Build early math skills. Can you count with me every time we hit the balloon?
- Make connections. Remember when Spot played a game like this in the book “Spot Loves Sports”? What else is round like a balloon? What other things are blue?
** Note: This activity is best for children 3+. Always supervise young children when they are playing with balloons, as deflated balloons can become a choking hazard. **
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