Got a ping pong ball? Then you’ve got what you need for hours of entertainment for your kids. Here are three easy games for your kids to play with a ping pong ball. You might want to join in the fun, too!
Find a big, sturdy box lid. Cut several holes in it, big enough for the ping pong to fit through easily. Place a ping pong ball at one end of the box lid. Let your kids tip and turn the lid to try and navigate the ball around the holes to get the ball to the other side of the box.
To make it more interesting, you can tape a cup to the bottom of the box under one of the holes. Change the rules so that you have to avoid all the holes except this one. If you get the ball in the cup without letting the ping pong fall through any of the other holes, you win!
Hovering Ping Pong Ball
This is more just a fun activity than a game, but you can make it into a competition to see who can make their ball hover the longest, or who can walk the farthest while making their ball hover.
For each kid, Bend a flexible straw so the short end is sticking straight up. With scissors, cut a fringe into the end of the straw, not quite to the bend. Bend out each piece of the fringe to create a place for the ball to sit.
Now place a ping pong ball into the bent-out fringe. Now blow on the other end of the straw to make it hover.
Ping Pong Ball Races
Once again, give a straw to each kid. It doesn’t have to be the flexible kind. Have four kids stand around a table, one at each side. Put one ping pong ball in the middle of the table. The object is to blow the ball off someone else’s side of the table, while protecting your own side.
You can also have the kids get down on the floor and give each one a ping pong ball. Have them blow the ball across the floor to a designated finish line. Don’t make the finish line too far away because you don’t want anyone to hyperventilate!