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Balloon Sports


Summer is the perfect time to get outside and play! Children love balloons, so here are a few, great activities you can enjoy together as a family, using balloons!

summer alphabet matching

 

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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