Just For Fun: Indoor Sports!

For many places, this time of year means snow, rain, or fog. Brrr! And, unless you take after the athletes at the Winter Games, chances are that sort of weather means staying inside near the heater is much more tempting than trekking out into the cold to play sports. Luckily, we’ve got the perfect activities for all you fair-weather athletes…indoor sock bowling and balloon tennis! Read on to find out how your family can play these fun games with items you probably already have stashed in your garage and closet.

Sock Bowling

What you’ll need:

  • One pair of rolled up socks
  • 10 empty plastic bottles (any size will do)


Directions:

  1. Place the 10 empty bottles in a pyramid shape, just like bowling pins, at the end of a hallway.
  2. Stand at the opposite end of the hallway and toss the rolled up socks at the bottles to see how many you can knock down.
  3. Too easy? Try different techniques to throw the socks:  Spin around 10 times before bowling at the pins.  Turn backwards and throw the socks between your legs.  Try bowling with two pairs of rolled up socks at one time.  See who can make up the most creative way to bowl.

 

Balloon Tennis

What you’ll need:

  • Two wire coat hangers
  • One pair of old nylons (cut in half so that the legs are separate)
  • Masking tape or tin foil
  • One balloon or ping pong ball
  • Scissors


Before you can play, you’ll need to create nylon rackets!

  1. Start with one wire hanger.  Pull on the hook and the opposite side simultaneously in opposite directions, to create a diamond shape.
  2. Take one leg of the nylons and pull it all the way down to cover the diamond shaped hanger.  You may need to squish the diamond a little bit to make it easier to pull the nylon over the hanger.
  3. Tie a knot in the nylon right at the coil of the hanger so the nylon is snug and tight over the diamond.  Cut off any excess nylon.
  4. Have an adult pinch the hook toward the rest of the hanger.  Tape the end to create a safe handle.  If you do not have tape, tin foil works just as well to wrap around the handle.
  5. Repeat steps 1-4 to create a second racket.


Once you and your child have crafted two rackets, all you need is a ballon or ping pong ball and you are ready to play. Passing the balloon back and forth or counting the number of consecutive hits are great ways to stay entertained.

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