Here is a fun and interactive game that you can play at home!
The balloon volley works on a variety of skills such as arm strength, range of motion, shoulder stability, core strength, balance, visual motor, and grading of upper body force. Watching the balloon and waiting to tap it also works on visual tracking and eye-hand coordination.
Blow up a balloon and tie the end.
If the child is shorter, get down to the child’s level by standing on your knees.
Toss the balloon in the air and use your fingers to tap the balloon toward the child.
Have the child reach up and tap it back.
Continue tapping the balloon back and forth.
Here are some tips:
The balloon should not be blown up with helium.
See how long you and your child can keep the balloon in the air, without letting it touch the ground.
Increase the difficulty by having the child stand on a soft surface or on one foot.
Always be mindful that balloons present a choking hazard to children, whether it is blown up or unused and should always be supervised.