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Top 5 Active Games Kids Can Play with a Beach Ball This Summer



Summer is the perfect time for kids to get outside, soak up the sun, and stay active. One versatile and inexpensive toy that can provide hours of fun is the beach ball!


Here are the top 5 active games kids can play with a beach ball this summer:


1. Beach Ball Volleyball



What You Need:

  • A beach ball

  • A net or a rope to serve as a net


How to Play:


Set up a net or tie a rope between two poles to create a makeshift volleyball net. Divide the kids into two teams and have them hit the beach ball over the net, just like in regular volleyball. The lightweight nature of the beach ball makes it easier and safer for kids to play. Keep the game going as long as the ball doesn’t touch the ground. This game is great for improving hand-eye coordination and teamwork.


2. Beach Ball Relay Race


What You Need:

  • A beach ball for each team


How to Play:


Divide the kids into teams and set up a start and finish line. The first player in each team must balance the beach ball on their head and race to the finish line and back without dropping it. If the ball falls, they must start over. Once they return to the start, they pass the ball to the next player. The first team to have all players complete the race wins. This game is perfect for enhancing balance and coordination.


3. Beach Ball Soccer


What You Need:

  • A beach ball

  • Cones or markers to create goals


How to Play:


Set up goals using cones or any available markers. Divide the kids into two teams and play a game of soccer using the beach ball instead of a traditional soccer ball. The beach ball’s light weight makes it easier for kids to kick and control, reducing the risk of injury. This game is excellent for building teamwork and physical fitness.


4. Beach Ball Tag



What You Need:

  • A beach ball


How to Play:


In this twist on the classic game of tag, the person who is "it" uses a beach ball to tag other players. The person who is "it" must gently throw the beach ball to tag another player. Once tagged, that player becomes "it" and takes over the ball. This game encourages running, dodging, and strategic thinking.


5. Keep It Up



What You Need:

  • A beach ball


How to Play:


This simple yet fun game involves keeping the beach ball in the air for as long as possible. Kids can stand in a circle or randomly in a space. They must hit the beach ball to keep it from touching the ground. Count how many hits they can achieve before the ball falls. For added challenge, introduce rules like using only one hand or not hitting the ball twice in a row. This game is fantastic for improving focus and reflexes.


Tips for Beach Ball Games:


  1. Safety First: Always supervise children while they are playing. Make sure the play area is free from sharp objects or obstacles that could cause injury.

  2. Hydration: Keep plenty of water on hand to ensure kids stay hydrated, especially during hot summer days.

  3. Sun Protection: Use sunscreen, hats, and sunglasses to protect against sunburn.


These games are not only a great way for kids to stay active but also promote teamwork, coordination, and lots of laughter. Grab a beach ball and head outside for some unforgettable summer fun!


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