Balloon Tennis

In our home, we love using chalk and bubbles for instant outdoor entertainment, but since it's much too cold for that, we had to find winter alternatives. Let me introduce my indoor replacement for bubbles -- balloons! To kick things up a notch, we made simple racquets out of paper plates and craft sticks for a round of indoor-friendly balloon tennis. Let the games begin!

  1. Ages: 3 - 11

  2. <30 minutes

  3. A little messy

  4. Grownup needed


Materials you'll need

Step-by-step tutorial

  • Step 1

    Gather your materials!

    Photo reference of how to complete step 1

  • Step 2

    Let's start with the grownup steps. Take one plate and turn it over. Mark where you want to attach your craft stick handle by tracing around one end of the craft stick.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 2

  • Step 3

    Draw two lines across the traced outline of the craft stick. The two lines should be about an inch apart. Use a craft knife to cut along the two lines. These will be slits for your craft stick handle.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 3

  • Step 4

    Insert the handle and you're done! If you need some more reinforcement, you can glue or tape them together. My son enjoyed being able to swap out craft stick handle colors since I left ours unglued. Repeat to make additional racquets for each player.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 4

  • Tip

    You can skip steps 2-4 and simply tape the craft stick handle on the back of the plate. For any particularly rambunctious kids (like my son!), I'd recommend following these steps for a secure, sturdy handle.

  • Step 5

    Once you have your racquets, it's time to blow balloons. We blew up a bunch for extra fun.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 5

  • Final result!

    Find an open area and start playing! My son had so much fun playing tennis with us but also loved playing on his own.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 6

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