I discovered this game idea on Pinterest (via this adorable red ball party post)... so when we got home from a family walk last night and were trying to convince my son that he didn't need more Leap Pad time, we decided to try it!
The materials are simple. We used...
- plastic spoons (paint stirrers or oversized popsicle sticks would be the best thing to use, but we didn't have any on hand. You can get paint stirrers at Home Depot or Lowes in the paint department for free though!)
- painter's tape
- paper plates
- leftover balloons from my daughter's birthday party (they have stayed full for an ENTIRE month)
The game is simple. Hit the ball back and forth. Make up your own rules as you go.
The toddler even got into it and loved putting the balloons back on the plates so that we could keep playing... she also loved trying to steal the balloons.
In addition to hitting the balloons back and forth, we had races where we tried to balance the balloons on our plates and run across the room. We also tried to see how many times we could hit our own balloons up in the air without letting them touch the ground. My record was 6. I think we need to play this game more often.
Skills we worked on...
- hand-eye coordination
- good sportsmanship
- sharing (since the toddler kept trying to take things :))
- following instructions
- inventing our own rules and games
This activity reminded me of a book I used to read with my students called The Red Balloon by Albert Lamorisse. My twin sister is creating a playroom themed around this book and reminded me about it today... so I had to include it in this post.
Have you read this classic book or watched the movie? It is mesmerizing and the images are beautiful.
Definitely find a copy and read it along with this activity!
Do you have any other favorite active indoor games? We'll be sharing several over the next few wintery months when we are stuck indoors!