Want to introduce tennis (or badminton) to youngsters without investing in a racket or even a can of balls? To avoid the frustration of missing fast-moving balls, slow the game down a notch. Balloons move through the air at a kid-friendly pace, and these homemade "rackets" offer a wide hitting surface.
What you'll need:
- 2 wire hangers
- 2 wood paint stirrers or rulers
- Electrical tape
- Old or inexpensive pair of stockings
- Several balloons
- Masking tape or length of twine or rope
- Several foot-long pieces of ribbon (optional)
What you'll do:
- Gently pull and push on the triangular frame of a wire hanger to form it into a circular shape. Use pliers to straighten the curved handle.
- Tape the handle to a wood paint stirrer or ruler. Wind the handle securely with lots of electrical tape so the hanger "racket" does not move.
- Cut the legs off the stockings; discard the top. Stretch each leg over the rounded "racket" frame and knot it at the bottom.
- Create a "net" by stringing rope across your yard or laying a line of masking tape on the ground. If desired, increase the visibility of the net by hanging some ribbons from the rope.
- Blow up a balloon and knot it. Then kids can use the homemade rackets to hit the balloon back and forth over the net!