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Play Balloon Tennis | Fun Rainy Day Activity

Posted on Fri, Jul 21, 2017

Let Handy Dan and his friend Junkbot show you how to make the tools to play a home made tennis game in the Amazing Junkyard of Wonderful Stuff.  All you need are some common items and your imagination!

Serve up fun with a game of Balloon Tennis!  Watch how Handy Dan and Junkbot put together their own rackets and play a game.

Step 1: Gather your supplies

You only need two ingredients to make your foam sand.

  • 1 balloon
  • 2 plastic or paper plates
  • Duct tape (4-6 strips)
  • 2 paint sticks

Balloon Tennis Supplies | Handy Dan the Junkyard Man | Mobile Ed Productions

Step 2: Make the paddles (tennis racquets)

Attach the paint sticks to the paper plates by placing 2-3 strips of tape across the back of the plate.

Make the paddles | Handy Dan the Junkyard Man | Mobile Ed Productions

Make sure the strips reach to either side of the paint stick so it's firmly attached to the plate.

Make sure they're tight! | Handy Dan the Junkyard Man | Mobile Ed Productions

Step 3: Make the ball

Blow up the balloon and tie it. You might want to get a parent's permission and help with this part - it can be tough to tie off a balloon!

Make the Ball | Handy Dan the Junkyard Man | Mobile Ed Productions

Step 4: Play!

If you don't have someone else to play with, play a game with yourself in which you try to keep the balloon off the ground by only using your paddle to keep it in the air!

Play Balloon Tennis | Handy Dan the Junkyard Man | Mobile Ed Productions

* If you're playing outside, be careful to keep the balloon from touching the grass because grass blades can be sharp and can pop the balloon.

Check back again for even more do-it-yourself projects from Handy Dan the Junkyard Man and Mobile Ed Productions!

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Topics: DIY, Handy Dan the Junkyard Man, STEAM Activity, STEM Activity, Arts and Crafts, Rainy Day Activity, Fun