Paper Plate Tennis
My daughter loves balloons. One day while we were stamping with balloons, we decided to have a balloon party for all of her friends in the apartment building since it was too cold to play outside. We used the artwork that Sophia created to make postcards to invite her friends to the party. We made a playlist of balloon songs, got out the parachute and decided that we could have each of her friends make a paper plate "tennis racket" to play indoor tennis.
To make a racket, gather some paper plates, popsicle sticks, masking tape, and markers (or crayons).
Cut a semi circle from the paper plate so that once you tape on the popsicle stick, there is space for a hand.
Decorate the inside of the paper plate. My daughter wanted to include some stickers as well.
Tape a popsicle stick to the back of the plate with masking tape.
Blow up some balloons.
Sophia had such a great time volleying the balloon on her own that my husband and I decided to join in. It is a great way for your child to get some movement when it is too cold or wet to go outside. Not only is playing paper plate tennis fun, it increases gross motor development, hand-eye coordination, balance and focus. Sophia enjoyed playing again at her balloon party. All the kids (and adults) had so much fun!