Wednesday, May 21, 2014
The Ball Hog
Recipe: Indoor Balloon Volleyball
Yields: Hours of fun
one Pinteresting grandma
one room-width crepe paper streamer
one pint size ball hog, pictured above (optional)
It was too cold to play outside on the day we first tried this one. I didn't expect it to be the hit that it was, so we'll be back - not only on rainy or hot days, but when everything's just peachy out there too. Our indoor balloon volleyball game was set up and ready to play in seconds.....after we conquered an initial stumbling block or two!
So, it might be obvious. Keep the "ball" in play between teams on both sides of the "net" - a streamer taped to the wall on opposite sides of a room offering ample open space. But my task was to introduce the game to a pair of five year old boys who enjoy Sunday afternoon football dates with daddy. Nick's first instinct was to capture and secure the balloon, signalling a "fair catch." Sae immediately dove under the net and tackled his brother. Little sissy Ava jumped right in, snagged the loose ball, held on for dear life and refused to release it to "grandma ref." From beneath the huddle, I frantically called time out and subbed in mommy. With high school volleyball experience in her arsenal, she rescued both me and the balloon, whistled our players into position and got the game moving. It wasn't long before the boys were following their new coach's lead - serving, spiking and setting just like the pros!
"Five stars" for fun, team play, exercise, and new athletic skills learned. Come on, grandma! Try it!