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Toddler Sports Games

We’re rolling on into the summer months and there are loads of large scale sports events to inspire you and your kids to get active. We’ve got the Cricket World Cup and FIFA Women’s Football World Cup happening at the moment and Wimbledon tennis just around the corner. We’ve put together a collection of toddler sports themed games for you to try at home.

You’ll probably have most of this equipment lurking around at home so they’ll be no need to buy anything more.

You can play these toddler games indoors or outdoors although don’t pick a windy day for the outdoors choice or you’ll loose your balloon props!


Equipment you will need:

  • Round balloons.
  • Empty cardboard tube from wrapping paper or kitchen towel to use as a cricket bat.
  • Plastic kitchen spatulas or fly swatters for tennis raquets.

Football Keepy-Uppy

Balloon Football Keepy Uppy

This is a good team game where everyone stands in a circle and tries to keep a balloon in the air using football skills.

  • All stand in a circle and try to keep the balloon in the air.
  • Each player is only allowed two touches at a time.
  • Players can use their foot, head, knee or shoulder. Any part of the body really, but try and avoid using the arms and hands.
  • Can you keep it in the air for 5, 10, 20 touches?
  • This is great for numeracy awareness and counting too!

Balloon Batting

Toddler Cricket

Your toddler can use the cardboard tube like a cricket bat with it touching the ground. Or in a baseball bat position (like in the image above).

  • Show them which position to hold it in, either as a cricket bat or baseball bat.
  • Inflate the balloon until it’s relatively hard.
  • Throw the balloon toward their bat.
  • Encourage them to try and hit the balloon in any direction to start with.
  • If they are more confident, try and get them to hit the balloon back to you, the bowler.

This type of hitting across the midline is a great activity for boosting brain connections between the left and right side of the brain. This helps get the two sides of your toddler’s body ‘talking’ to each other to make more co-ordinated movements.

See my post about Motor Skills and the importance of activities like this if you want to find out more behind the science of this.

Have you heard about All Stars Cricket? If your toddler loves this game, you might like to think about signing up at your local cricket club when they’re a bit older. This is for boys and girls aged 5 to 8 years old. It’s a great program to learn the basics of batting and catching and it’s loads of fun.

Cricket All Stars

Balloon Tennis

Toddler Balloon Tennis

Grab your plastic kitchen spatulas or fly swatters to use as tennis racquets.

  • Blow up a balloon with medium to lower pressure to allow it to float a little more. This gives your toddlers more time to make the shot.
  • Using your racquets, hit the balloon back and forth to each other.
  • If you want to make it harder, attach some string across the room between 2 chairs. This makes a net to try and hit the balloon each time to each other.
  • If someone allows the balloon to touch the floor on their side, the person on the other side of the net scores a point.
  • First to 5 wins that game.

See how you go with these 3 activities, my 10 year old still loves playing these games so you don’t have to just restrict them to your toddlers!

Kes