Beach Ball Handball
- Unobstructed wall with hard floor or pavement in front
- Plastic beach ball 20-40 cm diameter that is very bouncy
- Paper masking tape and string 4-5 metres long
- If indoors (e.g. garage), create a 4-5 metre horizontal line on the wall using the piece of string. Hang it one metre above the floor and tape it every 1-2 metres.
- If outdoors (e.g. driveway), create a 4-5 metre horizontal line on the wall using long pieces of masking tape. Place it one metre above the pavement.
- Create a line on the floor 2-3 metres from the wall. If indoors, use masking tape. If outdoors, use masking tape or chalk.
- Hit the ball at the wall with the palm of the hand, using your hand like a tennis racquet.
- The ball must bounce off the wall on the line or above the line.
- One player “serves” from behind the line on the floor.
- The other player “returns” the serve from either side of the line.
- Play continues until one player misses a return.
- When a player misses, the other player restarts play with a new serve.
- Players can score a point only when they are the server.
- The ball can bounce once on the floor or pavement before a player hits a return.
- First player to 5 points wins.
- Don’t keep score at first – simply challenge your child to return the ball as long as possible in a continuous “rally”
- Make a game where you and your child are on the same team – count how many returns you can do in one rally – with each new rally, try to better your previous score
- If you have more than one child, or more than one adult, try playing a fun family tournament where family members take turns playing each other
This activity develops hand-eye coordination and timing for striking a moving object. These skills also transfer to striking with a bat, racquet, or stick.
- Skill: Strike
- 30 minutes
- Suggested age 5-10 years