You will need:
- paper plates
- cardboard from cardboard boxes
- sticky tape
- coloured markers or paints
- safety scissors
- a spare scarf
The aim of this session is to get you a bit more engaged in sports by creating a DIY version of tennis at home. This will help you practice your hand-eye coordination, learn the basics of net-sports and burn off excess energy while making you more confident in your athletic abilities!
Using a ruler and a pencil draw an outline of a stick that is 7 inches long and 1 inch wide. Once you have done this, following the outline, carefully cut out the cardboard. Do this once more so that you have two sticks – these will be the handles for your racket!
Once you have two cut-outs, carefully place one stick at the back of a paper plate using some sticky tape. If you do not have a paper plate, don’t worry! Using a small plate, trace it’s outline onto a piece of cardboard and cut it out using some scissors. Do this once more so that you have two circular cut-outs. Then using a piece of a sticky tape, stick together the cardboard stick and your circle cut-out. Now decorate the racket as you please using markers or paints. Your tennis rackets are now ready!
Now with the help of an adult, blow up some balloons – these will be your tennis balls!
To make the net, take a scarf and place it on the floor in the middle so that both players have equal space.
You’re now all set to play but don’t forget to make some fun rules! For example, the Smashdown – players start with a set number of lives, 3 or 5 work well. A life is lost every time the other player manages to get the balloon to the floor on your side of the court. This way you can have your own mini competition with a friend or your family and set out a reward for the winner to make things more fun!