Balloon Badminton

What can you do with a couple of balloons?
[Ideas are welcome!]

I blew up a couple balloons and the first thing we did was:
play Balloon Badminton!

I put together two rackets with paper plates and Henry's drumsticks. 
I just scotch taped them on. 
[We did have a couple instances of them falling apart]
You could use paint stir sticks, paper towel holders, 
or anything long and sturdy!
[and staple them instead of using scotch tape!]

Henry and I didn't make it a formal game of Badminton.
[if you do, tell me your trick on how to make a preschooler do that...]

But we did try a few things:
1) hit the balloon [hand-eye coordination]
2) keep the balloon off the ground [balance/steadiness]
3) hit the balloon back and forth to each other
across the play table or other object [team play]

I rarely get pictures to share with you of Henry with a big grin on his face.
Every picture during this activity he has the biggest smile.
[the only problem I had was taking a picture while trying to hit a balloon!]

If the weather is cooperating - take this activity outside!

Check out where I got this idea from : Polwig.com : Toddler Badminton

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- Henry is about 35 months -

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At March 21, 2011 , Blogger Lindsay said...

Love those smiles :-) What a fun activity. We will have to add in the paddle sometime.. we usually just use our hands and feet :-)

At March 21, 2011 , Blogger Marcy said...

That is such a creative idea!


At March 01, 2012 , Blogger Juggling With Kids said...

We tried this activity out and loved it! Thanks for sharing! ;-) http://www.jugglingwithkids.com/2012/03/balloon-badminton.html


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