Balloon Volleyball

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Balloon Volleyball is such a simple game to play that is fun for young and old. It can be played standing up or sitting down, although when sitting down, someone will need to retrieve the balloon when it is out reach. I don’t think I need to say this, but will, just in case. The balloon needs to be blown up by lung power, no helium, or the balloon will fly away. Some settings do not allow latex balloons, so mylar balloons or a blow up beach ball. The benefit to a beach ball is that you can use it over and over again.

The objective of the game is to keep the Balloon in the air for as long as possible. You have to reach up to hit the balloon, but it is easier than using a regular ball since it is so light and floats down. You can substitute a Beach Ball , which is a bit heavier so it will be a little harder because it won’t stay in the air as long.

Reaching up to hit the balloon works on arm strength and upper extremity range of motion as well as working on the movements for trunk and shoulder stability. When playing the game while standing, you can work on standing balance and weight shifting as well as lower extremity strength. It is fun to add some extra difficulty by standing on balance blocks or a balance wobble ball.

Balloon volleyball can be great for visual tracking with kids who struggle with their visual motor abilities. You can add paddles or pool noodles to hit the balloon with.

Materials:

  • Balloon

Skills:

  • Upper extremity strength
  • Lower extremity strength if standing
  • Balance
  • Trunk control
  • Shoulder stability
  • Core strength
  • Motor planning

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Tonya is a pediatric Occupational Therapist, and loves creating things to work on skills and solve problems.

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