Beach Ball Bop

Basic Activity Info

Activity Type: 

  • Wellness
Age Group: 
6-9 yrs
9-12 yrs
Time Requirement: 
15minutes

Group Size: 

  • Large Group
  • Medium Group
  • Small Group

Play Area: 

  • Classroom (small indoor space)
  • Gymnasium (large indoor space)
  • Outdoor - Playground

Fundamental Skills: 

  • Strike
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Objective: 

For the group to strategize and work together to try and keep the Beach Ball up in the air for thirty seconds.

Equipment: 

A Beach ball or soft ball

Set Up: 

Participants sit in a circle in a large space.

Step by Step: 
  1. Participants are given the task of trying to keep the beach ball in the air for 30 seconds by volleying.
  2. The ball cannot be held or caught.
  3. Participants cannot touch the ball twice in a row. 
  4. The participants are told they will be given three tries.
  5. Ask participants if they have any questions.
  6. Once there are no further questions, give them five seconds to form their strategies.
  7. Toss the beach ball high in the air in the middle of the group.
  8. If the ball hits the floor in less than thirty seconds, the activity stops.
  9. Give the group a chance to change their strategies and re-group.
  10. Toss the ball in the air again.

Follow-up

  1. What strategy would allow each participant to touch the ball within 15 seconds?
  2. As a participant replies, acknowledge the strategy and give she/he an opportunity to lead the strategy with the group.
  3. Encourage the participants to try three different strategies.

Debriefing Activities / Discussion Points

  • Why was the group successful?
  • Why did I encourage you to ask questions?
  • What strategies did you use to accomplish the task?
  • Who didn't touch the ball? (Usually a large percentage of hands go up.)
  • What happens when you aren't given the opportunity to participate?
  • How does this apply to physical activity?

For The Participant

  • Why did I ask for more than one strategy?
  • Why is it important to give everyone the opportunity to be involved?
  • What is your role as the leader of the group?
  • What is your role as a participant?
Variations: 

Give the group more than 30 seconds to complete.
Give the group more time to form their strategies. 

Adaptations (General): 

Try to ensure that all participants have an opportunity to touch the ball.

Adaptations (Blindness/Visual Impairment): 
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Consider using a ball with a bell inside or enclosed in a plastic bag so that participants who are blind or visually impaired can follow its sound.

Source: 

Canadian Intramural Recreation Association - Ontario