Batting Balls


  • 5 to 10 minutes


  • Balloons


  1. It will be a long time before your child has sufficient strength and hand-eye coordination to hit a ball with a bat, but this is an activity that can lead the way to that skill. Inflate a few balloons to use as balls and sit a few feet away from each other, batting them with the hands as they move slowly by.
  2. Dispose of the balloons after you are finished, as they pose a choke hazard.


  • Kick the balloons across the floor or into the next room.
  • Bounce a balloon off your child's head with a springing forward motion as you do so.
  • Use an empty paper-towel roll to hit the balloons.


Copyright © 2004 by Susan Kettmann. Excerpted from The 2,000 Best Games & Activities with permission of its publisher, Sourcebooks, Inc.

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