Ball Throw Games for Fun Exercise
Kids of all ages love playing with balls. In this article, you will find unique ball games different from the traditional games of softball, baseball, ping pong ball, or basketball. Each game uses a combination of bouncy red balls, beach balls, and volleyballs to create a unique experience for the players.
Best of all, each of these ten games is sure to get the blood pumping and teach kids to love exercise, regardless of whether it's part of a PE class or summer activity. Here are the ten best ball games for any time of the year.
1. Keep It Up!
The game Keep It Up is a simple, straightforward, fun ball game for all ages and all situations. It's an excellent game for PE class or a way to keep kids entertained during spring, summer, fall, or winter. To play, all you need is a large beach ball.
Tell all the kids to lay down on their backs and put their feet in the air. Have them wiggle their feet around and practice kicking up in the air. The game's goal is to keep the ball in the air using their feet. To do this, the kids will have to practice their coordination.
Every person in the group can play this game, and there's no person limit. This means that it's a perfect way to get every kid in a PE class engaged. For added difficulty, you can add two or three balls, all bouncing at the same time.
Although it's a simple action, the kids will be exhausted by the time they finish the game. The constant motion of kicking upwards will workout their legs and help them get out their energy. Not to mention, the game is fun and exciting since all of the kids have to work together to keep the ball up.
2. Hula Ball
Hula Ball is similar to Bocce Ball or Marbles. Instead of playing with tiny marbles or bocce balls, you play this game with a hula hoop and balls of all different sizes. The goal is to get your ball inside the hula hoop.
With everyone standing at the same starting point, roll your ball towards the hula hoop, trying to get it inside the hula hoop. After your turn, the next person rolls their ball with the same goal. However, the next person has the option to hit your ball outside of the circle. Each person has a chance to roll three or four balls towards the center of the hula hoop, earning points for hitting someone else's ball outside the hula hoop.
After everyone has rolled their balls, those left inside the hula hoop win extra points. Count up each player's points and congratulate the winner. You earn points for:
- One point for landing inside the hula hoop
- One point for hitting another player outside of the hula hoop
- Three points for having a ball inside the hula hoop at the end of the game
This game is perfect for medium-sized groups or as a PE activity. It encourages kids to learn to aim and teaches them accuracy. It also teaches kids how to be good team members and good sports.
3. Laundry Basket Ball
Laundry Basket Ball is another game that encourages kids to focus on their aim and accuracy. To play, you will need balls (either red bouncy balls, balloon balls, beach balls, or hard balls) and a laundry basket for each group. If you're playing with a large group of kids, split the kids into different groups, each with their own laundry basket. If playing with a small group of kids, only use one basket and have the kids keep track of their points.
The game's goal is to get your ball inside the laundry bucket. Each ball that lands inside the laundry basket earns one point. As the groups land their balls inside the basket, have them yell out their points, encouraging the other teams to pick up their pace or risk falling too far behind.
This competitive game is fun for kids of all ages. Because there's a team aspect to it, the kids will learn how to manage a team and be a part of a team.
One of the best games for both PE classes and parties is dodgeball. It's an exciting, fast-paced game that's always changing. Two evenly matched teams could keep the fun going for what feels like hours as they trade players back and forth. Everyone has to keep their head on a swivel or risk getting hit with a ball and forced onto the sidelines.
To play, you will need a variety of soft, bouncy balls. You wouldn't want to play dodgeball with hard balls like basketballs or volleyballs because there's always a risk that a stray ball could hit someone in the face and upper torso. Using a bouncy, soft ball is safer for everyone.
Line up the balls on the centerline so that both teams have an equal chance to get the balls. On a count of three, both teams will race towards the center to grab as many balls as possible without stepping over their boundary lines. Simultaneously, the teams will start throwing the balls at the opposing team, trying to hit them below the torso. Any shots that hit above the torso don't count, which encourages players to aim lower and avoid injuries.
When the opposite team hits another player with a ball, that player exits to the sidelines. However, they're not out of the game. If a player's team catches one of the balls thrown by the opposite team, the player can enter the game again. The person who threw the caught ball is out and must wait for the same opportunity.
By the end of the game, everyone will have worked up a sweat. If the teams are ready for more, switch up the players and start again with new teams.
5. Ball Tag
BallTag is a fun combination of tag and dodgeball. To play, you will need one bouncy red ball. Because you need so little equipment for this game, it's a great game to play last minute. For example, if you're planning an outdoor PE day, but it begins raining, Ball Tag is the perfect back up plan.
Chose one person to be the tagger. The tagger gets the balls and starts in the center of the gym with everyone else circled around them. The tagger closes their eyes for three seconds while everyone else runs away. At the end of the three seconds, the tagger runs after the other players.
To tag another person, the tagger must touch them with the ball. They can do this by holding the ball as an extension of their arm or throwing the ball (there are benefits to both approaches). When the tagger tags another person, the person immediately takes up the role of tagger while the tagger becomes a regular player.
This game will have young kids shrieking with joy as they sprint around the playing field. It is one of the best throwing games to play in PE class.
6. Nine Square
Nine Square is a sport that encourages kids to work to the top. The court has nine spots for players, set up in a three by three grid. The center spot is the King or Queen position, and each player strives to move up to the center square.
The center square starts with the ball. They hit it up and out of their square and into another person's square. If the person unsuccessfully hits the ball, the game pauses, and they move down to the ninth square. Everyone else moves up to fill the now-empty place. If the middle square player misses the ball, they move to the ninth square, and a new Queen or king takes the central square.
The game is always moving and changing as the players take new roles in the game. Players can also rotate in and out from a line formed at the court.
This active game will keep teenagers, kids, and adults entertained and ensure that everyone has a great time.
7. Keep Away
Keep Away, or Monkey in the Middle, is a great game for any situation. Traditionally, you play Monkey in the Middle with three people. There are two throwers on either end and a catcher in the middle. The throwers toss the ball (overhand or underhand) back and forth while the person in the middle tries to intercept the ball. If they intercept the ball, they take the place of the person who last touched the ball.
The game's premise is incredibly simple: keep the ball away from the person in the middle. Depending on the players' age group, you can add additional rules such as, "You can only throw the ball underhand."
The limitation to the game of keep away is that only three people can play. However, who's to say more people can't play? In our version of Monkey in the Middle, everyone can play. There are still two people throwing on the outside, and everyone else groups together between the two throwers. You can fit as many as twenty people in the center. Their goal is to intercept the ball and become throwers.
Kids don't need much skill to play the game. As long as they're enthusiastic, they have a chance to catch the ball. Encourage the middle players to do anything to catch the ball as the throwers toss it back and forth. Those in the middle can jump, duck, roll, and cartwheel as they attempt to grab the ball from the air.
8. Category Catch
Category Catch combines a leisurely game of catch with a brain exercise. Mental exercise is just as important as physical exercise. Your brain needs to stretch and strengthen itself every day, and this is the perfect ball game to provide your mind with a flexibility exercise.
To play, you will need a small ball or a red kickball. Each player joins a circle, standing with only a little space between each person. The person holding the ball choose a category such as "animals" or "celebrities." Some great category ideas include:
- Shoe brands
- Disney movies
- Famous women
- Marvel Superheroes
- Dog breeds
After choosing the category, they underhand toss the ball to the next person in the circle. That person says something that fits the selected category and then tosses the ball. Players aren't allowed to repeat words. If someone can't think of a new world within five seconds, they're out of the game and must take a seat. Also, if someone repeats a word, they're out.
This game encourages kids to think of words in advance, paying close attention to everything said to make sure that nothing repeats.
9. Monster Ball
Monster Ball is similar to dodge ball but has a unique twist. Instead of aiming for the opposing team players, you're aiming to hit the monster balls.
To play Monster Ball, you will need:
- A large exercise ball (the Monster ball)
- Plenty of smaller balls
Since you're not aiming for people, you can use any ball, including volleyballs, soccer balls, and softballs. In the center of the playing area, set up a square with colored tape on the ground. The two teams will line up on either side of the square, with each player holding onto the ball of their choice.
On a count of three, all the players will fire their balls at the monster ball, trying to push the ball across the line of the opposing team's side. When the ball crosses the line, the other team earns a point. If the players push the ball out of bounds, both teams lose a point. At times, both teams will need to work together to stop the ball from rolling out of bounds.
Monster Ball is a great PE game because it encourages the kids to move, run, and work together towards a goal.
The game 500 is an easy game that encourages physical activity while also exercising simple math skills. To play this game, the kids should be able to do simple math and add numbers equalling 500. Kids who can't count to 500 might not be the best fit to play 500.
One player starts with a ball. This person calls out a number between one and 500 and then throws the ball into the air. The other players scramble to catch the ball. The player who catches the ball earns the number of points that the starter called. The person who catches the ball becomes the next thrower and calls out a new number.
As the game continues, the players should keep track of their points. The first person to win 500 points wins the game.
Another variation of the game has the same caller throughout the whole round. The person who starts with the ball keeps it until someone reaches 500 points. When someone reaches 500 points, they become the new caller, and the game restarts.