Here are some active ball games for kids that are perfect for playing indoors! Save these ideas for the next bad weather day!
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Back in the fall, I bought a package of 100 ball pit balls on a whim on Walmart. They ended up being an excellent purchase. There are so many things to do with them, besides just make a mess! (Although we’ve done that too…)
This one is my personal favorite.
Put a cardboard box on each side of the “playing field” for goals. To play, use a fly swatter as a hockey stick to swat the ball into your goal.
Game #2: Get Rid of the Balls!
For this game, create a line between the two sides of the playing field by stretching a large sheet across two chairs. The object of the game is to get all the balls over the sheet and into the other player’s side. Meanwhile, your opponent is trying to dump all the balls back onto your side. There is not really ever a winner, but we sure had fun with this!
The boys cracked up the entire time. My 12 year old and I even played a hilarious round against each other. Make it even more silly by giving each player a laundry basket. They they can load up a whole bunch of balls at one time and dump them over the sheet!
Game #3: Milk Jug Catch
Cut the bottom off of a plastic milk jug to make a simple ball catcher. If the edges are sharp, cover them in duct tape.
This is perfect for preschoolers, and older kids will enjoy playing too.
Game #4: Pour the Balls! (Toddlers will love this!)
Janie (22 months) was too young to master the ball catch game. She wanted to load up the ball catchers with balls and then dump them out, but you can’t set them down on the floor without them tipping over. I used another milk jug to make her a “pitcher” for pouring the balls. She loves it!
Fill and pour… Fill and pour…
Game #5: Laundry Basket Skee Ball
Turn a cardboard box and some laundry baskets into this simple skee ball game! See the details here: Laundry Basket Skee Ball
Game #6: Cardboard Box Basketball
We upcycled a diaper box into a basketball game that rolls the ball back to you. It’s super simple to make:
- Cut the flaps off the top of the box.
- Cut a hole near the bottom of the box.
- Use the cardboard flaps to build a little ramp inside the box for the balls to roll down. Easy!
Jonathan and Janie have been having a blast with this game!
Game #7: Toddler Ball Tube
Toddlers and preschoolers will love playing with this simple ball tube. This is a piece of 3 inch PVC pipe and a 90 degree joint. Drop in the balls and watch them pop out the end!
Janie tried using her ball pitcher to pour balls into the tube, but it didn’t work too well. So adorable watching her learn and explore!
Game #8: Color Toss
Here’s another simple idea for preschoolers. Label laundry baskets with construction paper to match the colors of your balls. Then toss the balls into the matching basket!
More Ball Games!
- Cardboard Box + Balls for Babies! This is a fun baby play idea from Carrots are Orange.
- Build your own Kerplunk game – This is a pin description on Pinterest (just a photo). Looks simple, and I think it would be fun indoors too!
- Build a PVC pipe ball pit – Super cool.
- Slide into a ball pit! From I Can Teach My Child (Instagram)
Here are 100 crush-proof ball pit balls on Amazon. Note that 100 won’t be enough to fill a ball pit or a kiddie pool. We have 100, and it’s plenty for the games in this post. If you want different colors, there are TONS of options on Amazon!