One toy that all children are drawn to are balls. Big, small, textured you name it, balls are a sure hit with kids. Here are 6 Ball Games for your kids that they’ll love to play outside.
Make a Basket
A great way to have some fun is by using a large plastic tub. A laundry basket or any kind of large plastic basket will do the trick. Kids can practice making a basket with their balls large and small. Simple is good with ball games with kids!
Through the Hoop
Take your child’s hula hoop and use it for a target for the ball. You can lay it on the ground and challenge your child to make the ball land in the hole, almost like golf or you can hang it from a tree and try to make the ball fly through the hula hoop. Great target practice for learning to throw which is useful for ball games.
Over the Line
The skill of learning to bounce a ball at just the right speed and height takes talent. These skills are needed for additional bouncing ball games like tennis, ping pong and even volleyball. Start early with this Over the Line game. Two player bounce a ball to each other by laying down a jump rope or drawing a line with chalk. The challenge is to bounce the ball once on your side and then once on the other side. The player who missing the bounced ball first loses. You can pretend it’s snake, hot lava or a even log across a river to add a little creativity to the game .
Using sidewalk chalk create an obstacle course with your child for the ball to bounce on. It’s really practice in aim for throwing a ball but it makes such fun for your child’s imagination too. Create circles around the driveway and make believe to bounce from one to the other. They can be spaceships, lily pads, flowers. Encourage your child to create a scenario for the game.
Recycle a large box to create a game call Box Bowling. Simply cut out a half circle large that the ball and then challenge your child to roll the ball into the opening. Player that gets the most balls inside the box wins! You can have your child decorate the box based on their interested from animals to a rockets.
Recycle your juice, milk or soda containers to create a bowling game for your ball. You can make it fancy by decorating the bottles or keep it simple. Surprisingly wrapping paper can be a great way to cover them easily.