Pool Basketball Activity

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Updated on Aug 23, 2013

Summer is probably your child's favorite time of year. And who could blame her? Being out of school leaves time for tons of warm weather activities, like swimming and basketball! But if you've ever had a hard time deciding which one to do, try this activity and get the best of both worlds! It's simple: use a water balloon in place of a basketball, a hula hoop in place of a basketball hoop, and a water balloon as a ball. You're ready for a fun and refreshing day in the sun! It's a great game to play as a family and is perfect for all ages.

What You Need:

  • Water balloons (or a small beach ball)
  • 2 hula hoops
  • Swimming pool

What You Do:

  1. Set one hula hoop at each end of the pool. They'll probably float around a bit, but that's okay because it will make the game more challenging and exciting!

  2. Use one balloon as the ball. Keep a few balloons in a bucket so you have an extra in case one pops.

  3. Divide the players into two teams, and have each team face off between the hula hoops. Toss the water balloon into the middle of the pool and let the games begin!

  4. Each team tries to score points by shooting the balloon into the hoop on the opposite end of the pool; every goal is worth one point.

  5. The first team to reach ten points wins!

Adapted with permission from "101 Cool Pool Games for Children: Fun and Fitness for Swimmers of All Levels" by Kim Rodomista, illustrated by Robin Patterson. Hunter House Publishers (2006).

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