Family Time Calendar: Broomstick Bonanza

Getting ready for Halloween? Pull out your favorite witch's or wizard's broomstick for some physical fun!

  • Two people clutch a broomstick with alternating hands, then move their hands one at a time up the broomstick to see who ends up "on top" of the stick. This is a good way to decide "who goes first" or to settle a similar dispute.
  • Use a broomstick for Limbo or Pass the Broomstick games. Gather some friends, and put on some music (how about seasonal tunes like "Monster Mash" or "Flying Purple People Eater"?). Then see how low you all can go in Limbo. Pass the Broomstick is just like Musical Chairs -- don't get caught holding the broomstick when the music stops!
  • Use the stick end of a broom like a golf club, and see how many strokes it takes to push a tennis ball inside a circle drawn with chalk or onto an overturned dinner plate. You can set up your own "golf course" by adding a few obstacles in front of the "holes."
  • Tie a broom to a chair, stick end up. Put an old hat on top. Try to knock the hat off using rubber balls or beanbags.
  • Challenge someone to balance the stick end of a broom on their hand. For more of a challenge, try balancing the broomstick on a finger, a knee or a foot. To make this even more difficult, try walking or running while balancing the broomstick.
  • Don't overlook the simple joy of letting kids pretend to be witches or wizards riding broomsticks -- best done outdoors! For a fun broomstick challenge, have two kids straddle a broomstick back to back, then try moving forward and backward together.


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