Sports Games for Kids


Balloon Paddle Ball

Kids will love this make-it-yourself active sports game for indoors or out! Learn more about Balloon Paddle Ball.

What You'll Need:

  • Wire coat hangers
  • Old nylon stockings
  • Masking tape or electrician's tape
  • Safe scissors
  • String
  • Balloons

Make as many rackets as there are players. Carefully pull a coat hanger into a diamond shape with the hook at one corner. Bend the hook into a handle and cover with masking tape. Cut the foot off of an old nylon stocking. Tie the end shut with string. Slip the stocking over the hanger. Tie off around the handle and cut away the excess stocking.

The games below are great outdoor games for a windless day -- and are also great for the indoors, because they're easy on the furniture!

Keep it up: This is a cooperative game for two to four players. Define the boundaries that players must keep their feet inside, then toss a balloon in the air. Keep the balloon up, striking it only with the rackets.

Keep-away: One person is "it" and stands in the middle of the playing space. All other players keep the balloon in the air and away from "it." If "it" hits the balloon, the person who hit it last becomes "it." If the balloon falls, the person who missed striking the balloon is "it." If the miss was caused by a wild hit, the person who hit the balloon is "it."

For a different type of outdoor game, try the Sidewalk Sport Crossword on the next page.

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