Blow up a beach ball and start playing. The lightweight balls that typically dot the beach work just as well at home or in a classroom. Because they are light, beach balls don't cause the type of injuries that often occur with other types of balls. Playing with them indoors also means no broken windows or TVs if the kids get overly excited. Beach balls lend themselves well to a variety of fun games.
Dodge ball with beach balls is a safer version of the classic gym game. This game is best played in a gym or other large room so the kids can run around freely. You'll want several beach balls for the game to keep the action moving. Miniature beach balls work best because the kids can get their hands on them and throw them more easily. If a player is hit by a beach ball, she is out of the game. Catching a ball eliminates the thrower.
Hot Beach Ball
This modified version of Hot Potato also makes a fun beach ball game. You'll only need one beach ball for this game. All of the players stand or sit in a circle. You can either have them pass the beach ball around the circle or have them toss it to someone else across the circle as music plays. Once the music stops, the person with the beach ball is out of that round. Play continues until only one player is left standing.
Laundry baskets provide goals that are the ideal size for beach balls. You can set up a series of laundry baskets of varying distances from the throwing line. The further away from the line, the more points the child earns for landing a beach ball in the basket. This game lets kids improve their motor skills and improves their aim. It works just as well for younger kids as it does for older kids. By adjusting the distance of the baskets, you can modify the game for the age group.
Beach Ball Trivia
Beach balls work well for a fun educational game for kids of all ages. The beach ball is divided into several small sections, using a permanent marker. Each section is filled with a trivia question, number, letter or word. To play the game, the ball is tossed. The person catching the ball answers the question in the section under a certain finger. For example, you might indicate that the left thumb is the trivia question that is answered. If you put numbers on the ball, you can have the kids add, subtract or multiply the numbers under each thumb. You can also use it for letter and word recognition for younger kids by having them read the word or letter under the thumb.
Based in the Midwest, Shelley Frost has been writing parenting and education articles since 2007. Her experience comes from teaching, tutoring and managing educational after school programs. Frost worked in insurance and software testing before becoming a writer. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education with a reading endorsement.